Our words on your lips – poetry cd

poetry_cd I have a poem on this, alongside 9 other Kent poets.
Produced by Lenny’s Studios – this is available from the studio shop, and can be posted for an additional £1.60.

Poets: Dave James Horn, Mark Holihan, Faded Scribblings, Connor Sansby, Setareh Ebrahimi, Matt Chamberlain, Barry Fentiman Hall, Henry Madicott, Neanderthal Bard, Sam Rapp.

You can buy a CD on Facebook.  Or download on itunes.

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Poems published on The Blue Nib

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I am proud to say that a suite of 5 poems has been published on The Blue Nib. The poems are;

  • TALKING WITH A RACIST ABOUT GARDENING
  • CALLER I.D.
  • MY MY MY
  • EARTHBOUND CROW
  • I ALWAYS SMILE AT STRANGERS

You can read them here on the site.

Vicar’s Picnic poetry

I performed a few favourites and new poems at the Vicar’s Picnic, a 2-day Kent music and arts festival, on 15 July.

Here is a poem about the festival (also published in Crack the Spine 218).

ENGLAND FORGETS

England forgets
And gets loose
On scuffed golden
Fields of wilt and weeds
It bares its back
And shows its best
Side to the sky
Pleading the beams
To fall a little longer
Mizzed by rain
For long months
We get high on heat
And we love each other
With an honesty
That cannot be bottled
And kept for when
The clouds return
We are knocking back
The now
A song we know
Is the breath of trees
We take it way back
And laugh at anything
Not embarrassed
To embrace, we part
Slow till only fingers tip
And let go
Walking like myths
On familiar streets
At midnight
That smell of honeysuckle
Or some such
Longing out the high
We glow still for a while
Until the heat leaves us
And life goes on as
England remembers itself
With half a smile
Until the next time

 

 

 

Recent homes found for lost writings

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Margate Gals

Here are some of my poems that have found homes in a host of lovely websites.

SELLING ELIOT BY THE POUND in Thanet Poetry Journal Volume 1.

THE ROAD TO DOMESTOS in Picaroon no 8.

BIRDSONG on I am not a silent poet.

EBORACUM MON AMI on Stories for homes online edition.

April’s Gigs

This month has been a busy one with poetry performances.

Roundabout Nights presents Paint it Black – as part of the Paint The Town Festival. 

On 24th April, I hosted a showcase of poetic talent from the Medway and beyond, riffing on issues of mental health as part of the Paint the Town Festival.

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Wordsmithery and Keely Augustus from Paint The Town Festival

Soul food and sonnets at Olby’s Soul Food Cafe, Margate. 

My first performance at this event on 27 April, thanks to the host Neanderthal Bard.

Fringe Poetry at Maidstone Fringe Festival at the Style and Winch.

29 April, a really enjoyable afternoon with a really great bill, thanks to the host, Jon Terranova.

Mapping Armageddon at Sunderland Minster

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I performed as part of the All We Are Saying  Mapping Armageddon project at Sunderland Minster on 16 March 2017.

Here is one of my poems:

WHAT EDWARD SAID

Glass shatters in Brussels
Just as it does in Paris
Blood stains concrete
Indelibly in Ankara as it
Does in Port El Kantaoui
Paranoia spreads panic
In Stockwell as it does
In Grand Rapids, Michigan
Religion sprouts leaves and
Covers asses in Belfast
As it does in Jerusalem
Death is of crushing equal
Weight in Damascus
As it is in Woolwich
The people who spend
Their long years to come
Staring red eyed at holiday
Snaps of the forever
Young talking to themselves
In gritted whispers count the same
In Homs as they do in Boston
And every time
We lose sight of that fact
The bastard holy shills
Who lit the candles in the heads
Of empty vessels with a
Family to feed and a
Paradise awaiting have
Won another victory in
Perth as surely as in Devon

Poetry CD for sale

A limited number of CDs with readings from the Mapping Armageddon poets are available for £4.50 + p&p. BUY HERE.

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All we are saying CD