Out of Season

c. 1990 – I was seventeen when I wrote this, so it’s juvenilia The tourist lights now flicker and fade And the tide rolls in without retreating again. The water that fell as September rain Stood for weeks in stagnant, […]

National Express Anthumb

I not so recently made an epic non-stop (except for a 45 minute wait at Birmingham) National Express Coaches tour*, exploring a substantial portion of the motorway network and even down to Victoria Station in London. The purpose of this […]


(written c. 1997) So we’ve cribbed a solution and cheated on tests but all the chaos and confusion makes more sense when we’re messed And when the conclusion that heaven’s just chemistry is confirmed, the solution is clubbing and necking […]

Along Those Lines

History repeats itself Again again again Like the blurring green and yellow From the window of a train Where the tangle of geometry Fuzzes up the brain. Listen; these are junctions: The thudding of the track’s Like a squad of […]

The Elite

If the Elite concede defeat maybe we can then move on but as it is it’s normal biz -wars and stars with nothing on

September 11th

A poem I wrote in October 2001 about the terrorist attack in New York and its likely aftermath.     Interestingly enough, YouTube have suddenly deleted the video. This wasn’t even monetized. “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” – […]

The Lake

They warned me to take great care on the lake for it is black and is deep and slowly coming awake. At the shoals of its dreaming it is groping from sleep with dark lights gleaming far below the boat’s […]

Testing the Waters

  She tests the water and so do I, both feeling for dangers with a toe pretending not to see the signs that warn of currents and undertow Now we’re in at the deep end and it’s all erratic- either […]

Underground, Overground

Wimbledon Common no wombles a windmill a spliff’s worth of pollen I circle a small hill climb an embankment fuck off to Roehampton in search of a centre the place doesn’t have one just traffic and transport that falls short […]

Television Love

  Like some black and white set my love is. After I turned it off, shut off those feelings and words something remained:   a dot in the centre grew again against my wishes.   You are the ghost in […]

No Doubt Tomorrow

I didn’t want to write about you For you monopolise everything I think; When I slow down to pin my heart to a page I find the ink resembles you. The window mists up: I write our names To find […]

Learning Latin

What language tumbles from dead mouths in pointless re-invention? Two years of steady drip by drip, each week in detention. “Meet me beyond the Pedagogue’s House.” -all language is convention each “Gauls attack the burning ditch” forgetting my declensions Sir […]


Between thought and action and before we decide there’s too much information some truthful, some lies and if we pick the wrong direction choose a false destination, don’t be surprised. Moment tends to moment from the moment we met each […]

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Thatcher’s Children

In this city of pain I have wasted my days In stumbling from life To life to death, Burnt out on the altar Of Higher Good With unanswered prayers Clouding every breath.

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Tending Machines

In a world of sound she sits Bombarded by machines That are unceasing, but lets slip All care, attention, eases her grip On the merely mechanical, Gives in to dreams.   Through darkening funnels she must climb Away from dust […]

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Strawberry Patch

Birds and birds! Swooping over earth, Invading uncle’s strawberry patch Where baby cries, refusing the warmth Of mother’s arms, inappropriate as birth In space; dear uncle tries to catch A bird that’s settled on his hearth. Mother takes baby back […]

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Kite Head

You flew so high/ so far/ so fast that you were destined to burn caught out in this cruel world this cool world to become an asteroid kicking up dirt and light Once/ before life’s sly seductive promises petered out […]

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General Disinformation Plan

General Disinformation Plan gives as little as it can while they move and fix and scan now close your eyes tightly General Disinformation Plan, White House bigots, Uncle Sam doing everything they can to terrorise Blighty Liars Lodgers drugged draft […]

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Passing Through Barnsley

It’s strange peering hurriedly into the twilight of other people’s lives, seeing dozens of identically-set television sets showing identical scenes and people’s faces ghostly in the thrown light of screens in the road parallel young boys throw stones at a […]

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Blowing up Norman

In the lonely drizzle of a Sunday morning was the grim realisation everything is connected. Stunned by this, she took down the explosives left at the house by some party guest, went out and lay a set of small charges […]