Recent Publications

Reaching the Next Generation with Poetry

I never thought of myself as a children’s poet. Yet it was thanks to Dr. Seuss that I began to delight in language itself, and I believe this early contact was crucial to my subsequent love affair with poetry. The tradition continues today, with excellent children’s poetry books coming out in print like In the […]

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Poem in Rattle #44

I received my electronic version of Rattle #44 today. My poem “La Campagna, London, Friday Night” appears in it, alongside poems from fellow Pacific University MFA Alumni Daniel Bohnhorst and Kathleen Diane Nolan as well as an incisive political poem by Transatlantic Poetry’s own Janice D. Soderling. Rattle remains one of my favourite US journals–accessible […]

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Jellied Eels (Film-Poem)

I had a great time reading poems at the Poetry Cafe in Soho tonight as part of the Southbank Poetry Competition awards. Valerie and I also collaborated to turn my third-prize-winning poem, “Jellied Eels”, into the following film-poem. Jellied Eels Read the text of the poem at the South Bank Poetry Magazine website. Process Notes […]

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On Becoming British

“So which country is better?” The US Homeland Security Agent glances between me and my passport photo. I try to detect a smile. No luck. I tell him what I now tell everyone–that no place is perfect, that living in the UK really suits us for now, and that each country could learn a lot […]

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“Buttons” (Award-Winning Film-Poem for Children)

I am delighted to announce that “Buttons” won the judge’s prize in the 2014 Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition “Shot Through the Heart” children’s category. It will premiere at the prize-giving ceremony on July 18th at the Purcell Room in London. Buttons Buttons themselves are a kind of love token, they fasten your coat to […]

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Push-Bike by Elaine Gaston (Film-Poem)

Push-Bike Click here to read the text of the poem on the Poetry Society website. Process Notes Valerie and I were honoured to be selected to make a film from one of the seven commended poems in the 2013 UK National Poetry Competition. We admired Elaine Gaston’s “Push Bike” as a poem, and sought to […]

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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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