Under a grey October sky like a bread…

14 Sep

Under a grey October sky like a bread without the spreaden.

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published 16th September 2017


Like a blind spinner…

13 Sep

Like a blind spinner in the sun under a daisied bank.

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published 16th September 2017

Under a budding hedge I hid like…

12 Sep

Under a budding hedge I hid like a black enamoured king whispered low the thunder.

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published September 16th 2017

Free Verse Fair 2017

11 Sep
Come and visit the if p then q stall at this great annual event –

Free Verse is an all-day bazaar, market, library, meeting place, performance venue, information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK, publishers both large and small, both experimental and traditional, display and sell their work direct to the public.

This year’s Free Verse: Poetry Book Fair will take place on Saturday 30th September 2017 at Conway Hall in London!


Like a bird…

11 Sep

Like a bird that trails a broken wing under a bridge of stone the river shuddered by.

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published 16th September 2017

Under The Cliff Like by Tim Allen – out in 6 days

10 Sep

Under The Cliff Like’ is constructed from the ‘Title And First Line Index’ in the 1962 edition of ‘Granger’s Index To Poetry’ (Columbia University Press. U.S.A.) which I found in a junk shop. It was written in 1996. In alphabetical order all entries beginning with ‘Like’ are juxtaposed with the equivalent number of entries beginning with ‘Under’. There are no alterations other than elimination of commas and the capital letter of the juxtaposed line plus the insertion of full stops at the end of each pairing.

Some samples will appear over the next 5 days.

Poetry Wholes blog piece at Nice Cuts

7 Jun

The very lovely people at Nice Cuts have published a blog post in which Stephen Emmerson and James Davies reflect on Poetry Wholes. Here’s a snippet –

I often perform using the Poetry Wholes. I ask members of the audience for a book. I need five in total. I ask for prose books (not poetry), and I get novels, textbooks, newspapers, instruction manuals and other interesting textual artefacts. I then place each of the Poetry Wholes over a page in each of the books and improvise a poetic reading. By that, I mean I use rhythm. I love doing it. I’ve done it scores of times since they were first published in 2014. I never know what I’m going to get.

The Poetry Wholes act as windows into a poetry that surrounds us. It’s everywhere, but we can’t always see it. Often a poem is about what’s not visible, what’s not tangible, and I hope that the Wholes create tiny portals into those murky spaces where art exists in the boundaries of the everyday.