Recent Publications

Swindon Festival of Poetry

I had a rich and engaging time at the Swindon Festival of Poetry this weekend. At the heart of it all is Hilda Sheehan, with her stated goal to make it “the quirkiest poetry festival in the world.” Set mainly on the delightfully rustic and decidedly bohemian Lower Shaw Farm, it achieves not only this […]

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One Stop (Film-Poem)

Our recent film-poem collaboration “One Stop” was nominated for best music/sound at Liberated Words III in Bristol, where it premiered. The original soundtrack was composed and performed by Valerie Kampmeier. The film commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.   One Stop Do you remember beach-combing for three-oh-three shells, our little Easter-egg hunt for […]

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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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A Swirl of Activity

It has been a swirl of activity lately, epitomised by the sound of my Australian nephew downstairs dramatising epic Hero Factory battles. Mine have been of the more literary sort, though at times it has felt like a limb might snap off. Straight back from the Swindon Festival of Poetry, I had the privilege of […]

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The Paradox of Contemporary Poetry (Board-Game Edition)

There is a great paradox in contemporary poetry. On the one hand, poetry seems to be dwindling — in bookstore shelves and traditional academic curricula — so much so that it has become fashionable for journalists to frequently declare it dead. On the other hand, I have but to scroll through my social media feeds to witness an eruption […]

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When it Rains, it Pours

I am involved with three different poetry events in the coming week. First, the UK Poetry Society commissioned me to design video sequences for “The Pity” — a commemoration of the centennial of the First World War involving new poetic responses to conflict. As poets Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Zaffar Kunial, and Warsan Shire read their poems […]

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Interview with Geosi Gyasi

Geosi Gyasi is an avid reader and blogger based in Ghana who has interviewed a wide range of authors over several years. He discovered my work through a poem recently published in Rattle, and asked some interesting questions in our interview — about how formal study has influenced my poems, about how I see technology shaping poetry, […]

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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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