Monthly Archives: October 2014

Poems – This handbook remains out of print

This handbook remains out of print Swimming uphill with a snow suit on Is not recommended for beginners. It can be vexing to find oneself Trailing in a stickleback wake. The safest approach is to lie on your back Letting … Continue reading

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Poems – Boot Cleaning

Boot Cleaning I’m jinking a knife between the studs of a boot dislodging mud. I tell myself there’s pleasure in patience rewarded, the slow reveal, a job complete. My son has not yet learned this; too young to wait, he … Continue reading

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Poems – Garden Time

Garden Time “A big stick is what you need.” I remember saying that as he hacked about the garden of our first home, armed with just a pair of shears. The house had stood so long deserted it was hard … Continue reading

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Removal On my return the fox was gone; replaced by sand. The mother and child had left as well, taking souvenirs of fear. A man from the council must lift weight into a van. That’s fair, but why not us? … Continue reading

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After sun We pack our paperbacks away, wet towels and costumes too. The sky is now the colour of the seals we watched this morning in the bay.   The weather is broken: jacketed we huddle, rockpooled in silence, rueing … Continue reading

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Like My Daughter Says If, like my daughter says, you are now a million particles orbiting in space, may you keep on spinning. Or else as I look out tonight, I hope you fall like snow and settle for a … Continue reading

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