collection of poetry “The Dwelling” was published in 2016 and is
available to order from Troubador. A few of the poems are
available here by clicking on the title, though some of the more
recent ones are not in the book. There are also some sound files
where you can hear me reading them.
I have written several poems for church choir concerts. After
a few years of choosing poems for Christmas and for Good Friday, I
found I needed something fresh, so I wrote a few myself.
Easter and Lent
Good Friday is a big event in our choir's calendar. I wrote "Corpus
Christi", "Denial", "The
Crossing", "Holy Saturday"
and "Morning Triptych" for
various Good Friday meditations.
There are sound files here also for "Corpus
Christi", "Holy Saturday" and "Morning Triptych".
Inspired by cathedrals
I am fond of visiting cathedrals and have written several poems
inspired by what I have seen. One of the first poems I wrote
was "The Font as Salisbury Cathedral"which
I also read here, and "Sound
II in Winchester Cathedral", inspired by a
sculpture in the crypt, I read that here also.
You can probably tell that one of my favourite words is "still" which has also inspired
Inspired by nature
I wrote "Fiat
Nox"about the night sky and how,
counter-intuitively, it is easier to see in the dark than in the
light. You can find information about the campaign for dark
skies such as the one at Kielder here.
And I include a sound file of the poem here.
My favourite season is Autumn, and my poem of the
same title reflects why I think it is so special. And "The Wind"
is about the exhilaration of a windy day alongside its danger.
Inspired by Literature
General Philosophical and Spiritual reflection
is short and simple, but I am fond of it -
it's about how we don't listen half as closely to the positive things,
as we do the the negative things.