mmm-hmmm (this day)

Inspired by the phrase 'I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself' taken from 'Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass)' by Walt Whitman.This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project and here I amthe morning comeI rise againI rise the sun servesto illuminatethis world of mineI rise to kiss the light rayby rayand beamby shining beam … Continue reading mmm-hmmm (this day)

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The Amy Lowell Project – complete

I'm delighted to declare that the writing components of the Amy Lowell Project have been completed. You might recall that, back in July 2019, I became fired up by an old project idea that was essentially about using phrases from an existing poem to inspire the creation of new work. The three poets whose work … Continue reading The Amy Lowell Project – complete

The New Asylum – saturday morning at the psychiatric hostel

This is another poem originally written as part of the material that ended up becoming The New Asylum. This poem was not included in the final cut for the book.The setting is a non-acute hostel/rehabilitation unit. saturday morning at the psychiatric hostel a (in unit one) has gone out on a bike ride b just … Continue reading The New Asylum – saturday morning at the psychiatric hostel

a tortoise (that is new)

Inspired by the phrase 'Let fall upon its back' taken from 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T. S. Eliot.This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project before our approaching footstepslovelike a tortoisediscomposedhas fallen upon its own back legs wavinghelpless and unknowingas we approach each of usfrom our own pathand place neither … Continue reading a tortoise (that is new)

The New Asylum – the scorpion is just a picture

This is another poem originally written as part of the material that ended up becoming The New Asylum. This poem was not included in the final cut for the book.The setting is, again, an acute psychiatry unit. The subject of the poem was a larger than life small in stature man, covered in tattoos. It … Continue reading The New Asylum – the scorpion is just a picture

The New Asylum – and what about the ram’s blood

This is another poem originally written as part of the material that ended up becoming The New Asylum. This poem was not included in the final cut for the book. The setting is an acute psychiatry unit. The subject of the poem was most likely being treated against his will for a psychotic condition, under … Continue reading The New Asylum – and what about the ram’s blood

and again (silver heart)

Inspired by the phrase 'White heart-flame of polished silver', from the poem 'Madonna of the Evening Flowers' written by Amy Lowell. This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project I hearthe song I have heard it nowalmostforever your lustred hairhas changed a shadeor twofromcopper shineto this smoothand polished silver but not the song your … Continue reading and again (silver heart)