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THE WEATHER HOUSE

Published: 2017

Publisher: Indigo Dreams Press

Number of poems: 29

Price: £6

Notes: Written with Susan Taylor

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From this collection:

TO PETER POWELL

We tried five places

in the wind before this heath.

Just off the road,

we now hold tautly to the lines

as the kite climbs fast

and children in each passing car

look on.

Tied to the diamond by sight,

we stumble over tufts,

but always our moves

translate to sweeps and flutters

in this bright air.

There is a magic in the scant control of flight;

a witchery that never falls to earth.

INTI

Published: 2016

Publisher: Oversteps Books

Number of poems: 46

Price: £8

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From this collection:

MAKING FUN

When we told Irish jokes

the Irish told of the Kerry man

and in Kerry they told of the men

of a small village near the sea.

In that village, one bar in particular

took the butt of all their gags

and in that bar, one man, sat at the end,

who once said something foolish.

SPOTTING CAPYBARAS IN THE

WORK OF MARC CHAGALL

Published: 2016

Publisher: Indigo Dreams Press

Number of poems: 20

Price: £6

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From this collection:

IMAGES

I googled Marc Chagall prints,

looking for the one that set me off,

clicked on images and here are hundreds

in their primaries, swooping across the tiles.

I've never seen them like that

it's not like an exhibition, a retrospective.

They're piled up here in collage,

a mosaic of me.

You don't mind they're free for everyone to see?

I've had my fun with them,

they kept me in bread and wine,

took me round the world. It seems

a fair transaction, if anybody cares.

Do you not feel this way with words?

WASTRELS

Published: 2015

Publisher: Paper Dart Press

Number of poems: 24

Notes: Mini poems and aphorisms.

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From this collection:

NECKLACE

She's wearing a necklace of silver leaves,

filigreed, tinking together like a windchime.

As she moves about the house,

he finds the noise of her distracting.

Stops her catching birds, though.

Sold out
Awaiting reprint

EARTHED

Published: 2015

Publisher: Paper Dart Press

Number of poems: 22

Price: £6

Notes: Written with Susan Taylor using the tanka form, throughout.

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From this collection:

TERTIARY

Finally, granite

eroded into huge teeth,

permanently bared.

The first forest was redwood

giants standing on high land.

Sub-tropical ferns,

magnolia and cypress

covered new valleys,

where kingfishers and turtles

shared the mud banks with hippos.

A PLACE WHERE

ODD ANIMALS STAND

Published: 2012

Publisher: Oversteps Books

Number of poems: 47

Price: £8

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From this collection:

28 WEEKS

for Matt

We know you now by kicks,

by the tremors of your moves

in the hill of her body.

We know you by her gasps

as you find another organ

to play your fingers on.

In the squeeze of juices moving

comes your pulse

like a second hand,

counting two to one of hers in sleep.

You're getting older, to the point

when you'll be no years old.

HE|SHE

Published: 2012

Publisher: itinerant press

Number of poems: 40

Notes: Prose poems. Book completed handmade.

Price: £18

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From this collection:

THE CAT'S NAME

She bought a cat from a cat refuge, black with white paws and a blaze across its chest. The cat had been involved in a road accident, but had recovered well and the only obvious sign was a slight lean to the right when it walked. She called it Catalyst and was quite proud of the quip, until a friend pointed out it was insulting to the cat. She felt this was going a bit far; hadn't Eliot said cats only responded to their secret names? However, because of the slight lean to the right, she changed its name to LibDem.

TWENTY-SIX CLERIHEW

Published: 2011

Publisher: Paper Dart Press

Number of poems: 26

Price: £3

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T

Elizabeth Taylor

once dated a sailor,

but didn't have as much fun with a jack tar

as she did later, making Cleopatra.

QUIRKS

Published: 2006

Publisher: Oversteps Books

Number of poems: 41

Price: £8

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From this collection:

TITANIA

from the painting by John Simmons

They're only my dress wings;

wouldn't do the job,

haven't got the lift -

like a bumble bee

and while it might be deeply spiritual,

this gossamer's not ideal.

Even at Midsummer it gets damned cold,

full moon or no.

I realise the hair looks good,

Oberon tells me... when he's here,

but bear in mind

the washing.

Knee-length curls are good on State occasions,

but they're a devil with the brambles.

What I'd give for a page boy

and a thermal body-stocking.

A WEIGHT OF SMALL THINGS

Published: 1981

Publisher: Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts

Number of poems: 34

Price: £6

Notes: Photo illustrations by Ron Harrison

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From this collection:

CAMPSITE

At seven in the morning

my love woke me with an ant.

"It crawled up my breast," she said.

Ants are diverse creatures.

They don't mind heat

but note the time of day,

run an ordered life

but understand no politics,

bury their dead

but with no words of grief,

for ants don't know compassion

(nor, it seems, do lovers

early in the morning).

UNBROKEN

Published: 1979

Publisher: Nottingham Poetry Society

Number of poems: 18

Price: £4

Notes: Written with Susan Taylor

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SURPRISE ATTACK

For once it is on time when

for you and, if all admitted, me

it would be better late,

and now you threaten reprisals

to stop this repeating scene.

British Rail has made provision

for terrorist attack,

but did not cater for you,

sitting in the cutting with a pitchfork

and a tractor strapped to the line.

BLUE SEA QUESTION MARK

Published: 1977

Publisher: Simon Williams

Number of poems: 20

Price: £3

From this collection:

COFFEE

We could walk,

you and me,

sorry I,

along the front

long into the evening.

Arm in arm

they'd see us,

sorry me,

as I walk away

along the water's edge.

We could return late,

back fro coffee,

sorry chocolate.

I don't like coffee

but I keep some in case of you.

simon

williams