Rattle is one of my favourite US literary journals, and Michelle Bitting is one of my favourite US poets, so to have her treat my newest short collection, The Silence Teacher, in their online reviews series is particularly meaningful for me. As Michelle says, we were together in the first workshop of the first residency… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Grief Recovery
The sound of a giant falling is so tremendous that whatever we say afterward must be done in a whisper. It occurs to me that quietly retracing the ways in which this wonderful poet influenced my personal relationship to poetry could serve not only as the telling of a somewhat universal tale, but also as a personal tribute.
My sister-in-law and our three-year-old nephew stayed with us for a week. It was great to revisit the classics: Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and Matchbox cars. They will soon be on their way back to Australia. Needless to say, I will miss them. Spending time together was at once familiar and profound, and as is often… Read more »
My short poetry collection The Silence Teacher is now available from Poetry Salzburg. It distills nearly seven years of writing about love and loss into just thirty-two pages, and is dedicated to the memory of our son. The poems in this collection were written in both America and England. They encompass the two years of my… Read more »
I am pleased to have the poem “Koi Pond” appear on Josephine Corcoran’s website today, in good company alongside many other fine poems. It is dedicated to the memory of the remarkable Ken Jones, whose presence and writing near the end of his own life touched me deeply. Enjoy the poem.
One month after we opened the final flap on the Advent Calendar, a child was born. Far from the environment of a stable, the operating theatre was brightly lit, clean smelling, and sterilised. Everything had gone just as Science had said it ought to go right up to that moment. Yet when our son emerged,… Read more »
Once again, I take a look over the past year and select one post from each month that seems significant. January: Numerology of Grief (The Sixth Year) This brief meditation on six years since the death of our son found its way to a friend-of-a-friend who also lost his son in infancy. To hear how… Read more »
The Good Men Project maintains a strong commitment to publishing work and fostering discussion on difficult subjects relating to gender and masculinity. My thoughts have been developing in conversations (real and virtual) following the Newtown shooting about the nature of violence and what we might do to heal. I am grateful to the editors for… Read more »
I believe that it is important to intelligently question the modern relevance of our ancestors’ words. It is as important to literature as it is to government. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution was enacted on December 15th, 1791, exactly 221 years ago today. I currently live in England–a country with no written constitution…. Read more »
Martha Sprackland, editor of Cake, took a critical eye to my collection Human Shade in the latest review for Sabotage. She made deeply insightful observations, the likes of which could only have come from reading closely and thinking carefully about the work. For this, I am honoured. And because this collection is so achingly personal,… Read more »
“Hobgoblin, nor foul fiend; / nor even the jobsworth slob / with a slow sly scheme to rob / my darling of her mind / that I imagined; / just a tumour.” -Christopher Reid, “The Unfinished”, from A Scattering Christopher Reid’s A Scattering is a moving tribute to his wife Lucinda, who died of cancer…. Read more »
Lens-based artist Alastair Cook has done a remarkable job incorporating a poem I wrote in memory of our neighbour-friends’ son into a film-poem in his characteristic visual style. Be sure to listen through headphones to get the full effect of Vladimir Kryutchev‘s binaural recordings. The film will premiere at the Felix Poetry Festival in Antwerp… Read more »