Rhetorical Questions Hugo Williams How do you think I feel when you make me talk to you and won’t let me stop till the words turn into a moan? Do you think I mind when you put your hand over my mouth and tell me not to move so you can “hear” it happening?Continue reading “NaPoReMo #23: The architecture of pleasure”
Variation on a Theme by Rilke Denise Levertov A certain day became a presence to me; there it was, confronting me–a sky, air, light: a being. And before it started to descend from the height of noon, it leaned over and struck my shoulder as if with the flat of a sword, granting meContinue reading “NaPoReMo #20: Yes we can”
Sometimes when you’re commissioned to write a poem, it’s a mixed blessing. Poetry isn’t copywriting; if you can’t believe in the thing you’re writing about, it will sound fake. In poetry (as in sex) you can fake it, but the other party will know. But this was different. When the Nationwide asked me to join theirContinue reading “The currency of kindness: working for Nationwide”
‘Can you write a half-hour ‘docupoem’ about your life on the canals?’ said Mair Bosworth, the BBC producer. Yes, I thought. Of course I can. Piece of cake. Easy.
Reader, it wasn’t easy.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Or as we know it in our family, Simon’s birthday. Or as you may call it, the Festival of Unusually Expensive Flowers.
Acknowledging the people who shaped us, can sometimes mean admitting to big cracks in the fabric they worked on.
A poet should be in the business of windows, not chandeliers. I want to look through a poem, not at it, to see the world more clearly.
This is for anyone who, like me, finds that they have inexplicably avoided every item on their To Do List at the end of the day.
Dear, strangely attractive reader – I have a new book out.
Consider love, dear reader: the biggest, baggiest and most baggage-laden word in our lovely language.