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Accumulated Weight

11 Jan 2022 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: at the start of a new year/ you carry remnants/of endless mystery

Taken from Crack Magazine January 2022.


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Books of 2021

06 Jan 2022 Category: year in review

Last year I got through 65 books. (I’ve kept a list here) Because I’m not really using GoodReads anymore, I thought I would curate a few of my highlights:

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2021 in Review: Who knows anything anymore?

31 Dec 2021 Category: year in review

Yet again, I sit down to summarize the year gone by and yet again I find myself struggling for words. It has been another year of chaos and contradiction, of pandemic and freedom, of confusion and connection. As I write, I am ill with COVID 19, somewhat inevitably being hit by omicron. Of course, I am lucky enough to be vaccinated, so I have avoided the worst of it. I started the year in lockdown and end it in isolation. Inbetween have been moments of connection and moments of joy.

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Lost to Fog

08 Dec 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: from the north/ an otherworldly haze./These days, out of focus/ expand in unpredictable directions/ and there are moments/lost to discord

Taken from Crack Magazine November 2021.

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Communion

15 Nov 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: In liminal spaces/ I speak to the unimaginable./ Words falter,/ I return to silence

Taken from Crack Magazine November 2021.


If you like this, I have three erasures in the upcoming issue of Neon Magazine. Massive thanks to them. You can pre-order the issue here.

I also have a small shivery poem alongside some brilliant poets in the Black Bough Poetry anthology Christmas & Winter - Volume 2. Again, huge thanks to the editor for taking the poem in. You can find that...

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Uncertain Art

01 Nov 2021 Category: art

I’ve been thinking about The Green Knight ever since I saw it a month ago. The film is a hypnotic blend of English myth, dream like strangeness and stiking imagery.1 . What has kept me returning to the film in my head is how little it explains for the audience. There is a clear quest with monsters and talking animals, but within this framework it resists easy interpretation. There’s no simple explanation of what the different perspectives mean or why Gaiwan is on the quest. Instead, it leaves the meaning up to the audience.

Existential Horror Disco

20 Oct 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: We are spontaneous depth charges/ of long-forgotten dread/ burning in the dance

Taken from Crack Magazine review page September 2021.

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The Tides of Time

29 Sep 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: the future is adrift/ with its shimmering waves/ and washed-out dancefloors/the enticing swarming voices

Taken from Crack Magazine review of Joy Orbison, September 2021.

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Cartography

21 Sep 2021 Category: poetry

I draw a square, to represent a former tobacco warehouse,
converted by the council into offices, where I worked
for a charity. On my desk, a spider plant strained
towards the distant, narrow window. In pencil I sketch
two parallel lines to scale to show the road I would walk
every day, listening to podcasts I now can’t remember,
past the tower blocks being torn down to make way for unaffordable flats,
past all the independent boutiques selling so many
house plants and minimalist vases that used to be...

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Upgraded

02 Sep 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: the land completes its evolution/shimmers and sways/outside of space and time/ the logical endpoint/so we party

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

I have a poem up on the wonderful Ink, Sweat and Tears! Thanks so much to them for featuring it. It’s called Ceasefire and is a little more grim than usual. Find it here

I’m glad things are opening up again. I performed at a real life open mic last week and it was glorious. The...

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Art as Play

19 Aug 2021 Category: creativity

I’ve spent a lot of this year consciously learning what was previously unconscious. I lost faith in my writing, so I took a lot of workshops and attempted to figure out exactly what I am doing. For about five years, I’ve been writing poetry and still feel a certain level of imposter syndrome, not really knowing what I am doing. Taking workshops has been an attempt to relearn what I already know on some level, while also attempting to implement the rules of poetry so I can do it ‘properly’ (whatever that means.)

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Towards the Light

18 Aug 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: I unfurl over time/ holding the soft heartbeat of tomorrow

Taken from Crack Magazine, August 2021.

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Free Fall

10 Aug 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: I am mobbed by/moments of weightlessness/ pulled in all directions at once

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

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Half Awake

04 Aug 2021 Category: erasure poetry

erasure poem: after a sleepless night/the hidden structures are unforgiving/ yet something comfortable remains

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

I’m delighted to have a small poem in the space issue of Feral Poetry. It’s a weird little one about entropy. Find it here. Thanks so much to the editors.

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Falling Ash

13 Jul 2021 Category: erasure poetry

Erasure poem: Shooting stars collide/with whispers of fog/ and escape

Taken from Crack Magazine, July 2021.

In rare personal news, I got engaged over the weekend to my partner of seven years, Mel. I’m ridiculously happy

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