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Sky Song

10 Feb 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY Magazine October 2020

I’ve been nominated for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for my poem After by Neon Magazine. I can’t quite believe it. Thanks so much to them.

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No one could have predicted this

05 Feb 2021 Category: poetry

We’ve done everything we possibly can
they proclaim on nightly broadcasts,
shaking their fists for emphasis as if
describing ineffective ancient magic
runes in the air, as globs of engine oil
dribble down their chins, distracting
from the soft focus, where shadows
tear copper wire from the concrete.

We’ve done all we can, they inisist
in their two thousand pound a piece
newspaper columns, before huffing
furniture polish, snorting ground
rare turtle eggs and sitting down
to a subsidised pre-luncheon of...

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Red Ink: Liam Bates

03 Feb 2021 Category: red ink

This is a series where I interview poets about their process in regards to a single poem. Today I am honoured to have the fantastic Liam Bates, whose pamphlet Working Animals was one of my highlights of last year. Today he’s discussing a poem that was first published in Anthropocene on 20th December.


Calling

I’m expecting the doctor’s call at eleven. I answer
at ten past. She asks me if it’s me who’s answered.
I say it is as if I’m sure of it. Her voice is wooly
and small, like...

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January 2021 Links

02 Feb 2021 Category: link round up

This January has been more miserable than most, grey and cold with a lockdown over us. It feels like a lifetime since further restrictions were announced. So I’ve had a lot of time to stay inside and consume media. Here’s some things I enjoyed.

Books

Somehow I read ten books in January which seems like far too many, but there we go. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood was a sobering read about how totalitarian regimes operate on lies, and ultimately how they fall. There is hope, but it takes concerted effort and a lot of pain. I read it...

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A View From a Bridge

01 Feb 2021 Category: photos


Bristol, you can be quite spectacular sometimes. Wordsworth should have waited sixty odd years and written about the view from this bridge instead.

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A Breath

27 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY Magazine October 2020

Echoes and edges completely transformed my poem Circulation on their live stream at the weekend. Check it out below, my poem is at 1 hour 26 minutes.

https://youtu.be/IQX6ir4HksU

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Red Ink: Pascal Vine

22 Jan 2021 Category: red ink

This a series where I interview poets about their process and writing in reference to a single poem. Today we have Pascal Vine, an excellent poet, a captivating performer and part of the team over at Bristol Tonic. He is discussing a poem he has performed for years.


Pride flags at dawn

You don’t want their god;
A god for the gently used,
The Pre-loved, still in packaging,
one channel, tv static god,
cosmic interference
but won’t put a good word in god.

A god who won’t hold your hand in...

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In bloom

21 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry



I cannot look away from the whorl of galaxies
tucked into each curled petal, the supermassive
black hole that sits on top of a stamen, dragging
all light and time towards it. In the pint glass
sepals shimmer with the burning of millions of dead
stars, buds flicker with a pulse of decaying planck
seconds, the superpositions of many possible worlds
blur each leaf and thorn and somewhere in each bloom
I am meeting you for the...

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Hibernating

15 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY magazine, October 2020.

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Skeleton Trees

13 Jan 2021 Category: photos




Winter erases the land with a shaky hand. For a few months, we roam in the smudges, wondering where the detail went.

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Helix

11 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY magazine, December 2020.

I have a whole zodiac of new erasures over at Welcome to Bear Creek. It’s a dark new lit mag based around a strange town. There’s so many cool writers and artists involved, go check it out.

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2020: A Playlist

08 Jan 2021 Category: year in review

I’m going to be featured in an upcoming anthology from Fevers of the Mind. The editor, David L O’Nan, asked for suggestions for a playlist of the music of 2020 whilst he was compiling it. So although last year is receding fast1 , here are some songs that I enjoyed.

1. The Mountain Goats- Amy Aka Spent Gladiator 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sNakKm3Pr0

I mean, does it need further explanation? I got into this band in a big way this year and would find myself singing this chorus at inopportune times.

2. Low- Spanish Translation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0TJrlemmVQ

Double Negative was...

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Call it what it is

07 Jan 2021 Category: politics

Due to the sickening events of yesterday in the USA, I found myself thinking back to when I was studying Weimar Germany in A level history. My main question at the time was ‘Did no one realise what was happening?’ The answer is of course people did, but it was ignored by the leaders. By the time any action was taken it was too late.

The violent attempt to suppress democracy yesterday is the culmination of years of slow creep, a radicalisation in America built around a cult of personality. Fascism, pure and simple. An attempt at a coup to...

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Gradual

04 Jan 2021 Category: erasure poetry


Taken from DIY magazine, December 2020.

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So Long 2020

01 Jan 2021 Category: year in review

Usually at the end of the year I write a little summary of what happened in the world at large. (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.) This year I really struggled. How do you summarise what has happened this year, other than a absence? It’s been terrible in so many ways. The pandemic has turned everything on it’s head and thousands of people have died unnecessarily through our government’s inaction. Let alone all the other problems that this virus has highlighted as deep rifts within our society.

Personally, I’ve been anxious a lot of the year. I feel...

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