Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Shortlisted for Fenland Poet Laureate 2014

I am one of ten shortlisted poets for the Fenland Poet Laureate 2014 with my poem The winter-night-song of a Fenland home. Romit has created a wonderful illustration for this poem, which I think is very beautiful. Thank you Romit.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Love symbols spoken in a Chinese winter

I am grown tall in the telling of the yellow
that the dance leaves a signal for,

finishing the ridge in a luminous squall,
wanting your white elk-breath and the hoof-pound

at my door. I am the first blade turned black in winter
curled blunt, red-throat-berry-threading the snow.

I am the first blade turned black in winter,
twisting under, green-blade-wanting.

First published by Helen Ivory on on the 14th February 2012. A celebration of the beautiful woodcuts of YuChengYou.


As a white moon rising-round
there in the tooth of down

drowning; my seal-eyes
weightless in the nurse’s face

my nightdress holds the jellied rice
which cannot ride the spoon.

New Word and Image kindly published on 12th April 2012 by Helen Ivory at Perhaps, dearest Romit,Luna is our most emotional creation to date and yet her origins are very real indeed.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The restless Owl-boy studies Venus

What do you see Owl-boy, stirring

the feathered dark around you ?

Your hollow head, plane on the pillow,

rattling with unbecoming dice-thoughts

beside me. I see your lashes blink

their sleepless histories. The wishing star

warms to your company, her cold

knuckle bends in your favour. Breaks

empty beds half open like walnuts--

you creep from one shell to another.

Settle on a rib that tilts you skywards

and you’re out into the dark again.

Love and dearest thanks to illustrator Romit Berger for giving Owl-boy his flesh and wings and love to Helen Ivory for publishing this poem on 7th December 2012 on Owl-boy's flight is dear to my heart - I screamed with delight on seeing his justifiably rougish image for the first time !

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Your eye protects the soft-toed snop drop

This short tanka, illustrated once more by Romit Berger was published by Helen Ivory on 29th July. Thank you and love to Romit and Helen.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Alchemy published by

Alchemy is the first of my poems to be published as a collaborative piece, alongside an illustration by the most marvellous Romit Berger, whom I really love working with. Thank you to Helen Ivory for her support. Alchemy can be heard as an audiopoem on

Saturday, December 18, 2010

'As you wake on the salt of another shore'

The slow process of settling down in the UK has resulted in fewer poems this year.'As you wake on the salt of another shore', appearing today on, is my first published poem since the great and difficult upheaval in July. Many sincere thanks are due, yet again, to Charles.