Recent Publications

The Space it Might Take

I am pleased to have four poems, including the eponymous poem from my forthcoming collection The Knowledge in The Space it Might Take, the 26th biennial anthology of the Highgate Poets. It is a pleasure to see these poems beside some of the strongest work over the last two years from each member of this […]

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Five Reviews in Poetry Salzburg Review 26

My reviews of five poetry collections appear in the current issue of Poetry Salzburg Review. Each poet, and collection, could not be more different from the next. American poet Maureen Alsop’s Mantic is a bewitching book of divinations; Irish poet Gene Barry’s Unfinished Business is a humanistic raconteur’s parade; Midlands English poet Helen Calcutt layers […]

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The Book of Love and Loss

“All the new thinking is about loss. / In this it resembles all the old thinking.” -Robert Hass, “Meditation at Lagunitas“ Love and loss have been very present with me lately. Such thoughts were recently punctuated by the heavy thud of a parcel dropping through our mail slot — my contributor’s copy of The Book of Love […]

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Revolutionising Poetry with Technology (Survey Results)

First and foremost, thanks to the more than 300 people who took a minute or two out of their busy lives to respond to my brief survey. Clearly people want to record their opinions, and hear what others think, about poetry and technology. You can see the general report of survey results here. I have […]

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Attitudes Toward Poetry and Technology (Short Survey)

I am interested in the attitudes of both poets and non-poets toward technology and poetry. Love it? Hate it? Somewhere in between? I have put together a very short survey (60 seconds or less) and would love for you to register your thoughts. Click here to begin the survey

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Ten Favourite Animated Film-Poems

I have loved both poetry and animation for as long as I can remember. Lucky me to be born in the age of the animated film-poem. I was therefore delighted to be asked to pick ten of my favourites (each for very different reasons) to submit as the first in a series of “top ten” […]

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Demonstrating Faith in Humanity

What a day it has been. I woke up to the news that my beloved spiritual teacher and friend since childhood, John-Roger, passed away in the early hours at the age of eighty. If there is one thing he taught me, it is to keep doing good, no matter what. Tonight my sister-in-law and our […]

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Reviews

"These highly-crafted, long-considered poems have so much emotional resonance..."

-The North



"In consistently even, deeply muted tones, The Silence Teacher is a self-contained world ... an uneasy, affecting and unforgettable collection."

-Magma



"After reading The Silence Teacher, I have a more emotional stake in living, and in loving. A haunting collection."

-Sabotage Reviews

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