Poems

To a Turkish president

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There was a young fellow from Ankara Who was a terrific wankera Till he sowed his wild oats With the…

Arrest

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The sun always grabs us by surprise its yolky wash on a pub wall the clumsy spill round the black…

Tina

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Dearest, I’d love to have your Tina to stay —what are aunts for? — but I’m not sure if it…

Breaking

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Was everybody scared? Mum was, certainly. Slip-clinging hold, respectability. World-lost, he didn’t care,   Or didn’t cotton on. Inexplicably, He…

Another Slice

30 January 2016 9:00 am

All the books stored above our heads, all the books there aren’t enough hours to read again, and still we…

Abide with Me

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Was our first date really a boxer’s funeral? You in pitch, me in black—all in all a noirish affair, how…

Proof and Belief

12 December 2015 9:00 am

On the hearth of the working fireplace, the flags dusted with ash, we leave mince pies and a bottle of…

Coffee with Annie

5 December 2015 9:00 am

I am thinking about you Annie now that you are no longer a few miles of motorway and a couple…

New Neighbour

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The trellis between her garden and her new neighbour’s garden is heavy with passion flower, honeysuckle and roses, so that…

En Retrait

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Since I decided to accept this quiet corner of the garden as my undeserved Elysium and to make the birdsong…

Bone Scanning

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Perhaps like Superman I will see through walls now that I’ve tanked up on isotopes lighting bruise-blue veins and sparking…

Mentor

24 October 2015 9:00 am

for Marisa Foz del Barrio You divorced on the first day it was legal, were imprisoned three times as a…

Dementia Love

17 October 2015 8:00 am

You lie so quiet on your bed, You hear the sound and turn your head. I wait and hope, perhaps…

The Time of Shoring Up

3 October 2015 8:00 am

After the years at the gym, the diets and the supplements, he comes — nevertheless — to the time of…

Hermit

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Let’s celebrate the solitary meal: the serendipitous trawl through the fridge; the hopeful foray into the deep freeze, the obliging…

Mealybug Nymphs, Gossamer

5 September 2015 9:00 am

after Robert Hooke, Micrographia (1665)   A warm wall, heavy leaves, hard green grapes     and a cluster of…

The Matador

29 August 2015 9:00 am

The matador scowled at the back of the bar, and sipped his beer. He wanted to stab the people who…

Hills

22 August 2015 9:00 am

As soon as you stop and rest you see more hills ahead, Great chains of hills to some improbable horizon.…

Recombobulation

15 August 2015 9:00 am

My fiancé has coined a word for Saturday recuperation which describes what much of the world does to allay its…

Days

8 August 2015 9:00 am

when you weren’t anyone. Days gone undercover. Days half-dead in half-light, days under the covers. Days hoping for a dawn…

Kisses of Virtuous Renunciation

25 July 2015 9:00 am

He was checked in under the name Immortality, Mr Immortality — but on the vanity were the little capsules of…

Love-lies-bleeding

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Of course the bride’s dog came to the wedding and was allotted a chair at the top table at which…

The Camp

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Near the dogleg turn of the lane down to the ponies’ field, skulking in summer among cow parsley and meadow…

Verse Letter

27 June 2015 9:00 am

In reply to Ann Baer, aged 101, of Richmond-on-Thames.   Your handwriting, so perfect for its style And firmness, made…

Fiuggi

20 June 2015 9:00 am

L’acqua di Bonifazio This spa town sparkles on its hilltop: hydros, park       For ballo liscio; stands For…