Thursday, 31 January 2019

Poetry24 2019

I had nineteen poems published by Martin at Poetry24 in 2018. Here's the first of 2019 — Perihelion —  and the second – Artifices of Intelligence on the Poetry24 website. A third – Tanks 1919 – should appear on the 31st January. [Also eight lines from In Brief… 16th January.]

Tanks 1919  – a footnote in history - the Battle of George Square, Glasgow, 1919

Tanks 1919

Art Poisons the Artist - somewhere in the In Brief… section

Art Poisons the Artist 

BBC Website

Artifices of Intelligence – more on AI and the human folly with which we programme it…

Perihelion  could be a parable of ever-closer union or a hymn to keeping the balance…

Thursday, 10 January 2019


is a product of the sky
on some distant black night
in which we squint at the stars
and follow them sunwise
to planetfall


was an invention

Monday, 31 December 2018

Maintenance and Repair

Compression lines
fold and crease,
weariness comes of age
as sleep will, in the end,
inside these machines
where our ghosts
barely survive:
hardly a wisp of being,
a glisten of lubrication,
a mist of droplets
around the cogs.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

talk about anger

talk about anger

your anger
when I refuse it

my anger
with your face
mirrored in it