7 September 2016

Another Place

One of my own photos, from a few years ago, of a couple of the 100 Iron Men dotted about across several kilometers of Crosby Beach, near Liverpool, more properly known as sculptor Anthony Gormley's installation Another Place.

Seeing Double

Seeing Double : Tanka Pairs, by Liam Wilkinson, was the only book I took away with me recently, having saved it specifically for that week at the coast, where I would be able to give it the attention it deserves. And so I read, re-read and browsed through it, in an increasingly relaxed state of mind, by a window that looked out onto the marsh, and with a glass of something within easy reach. And what a wonderful volume it is.

Now, you'll know that I like to maintain a (half-serious) stance of being allergic to poetry - but this applies less to tanka and not at all to Liam's work, which I have followed for a number of years. I was quietly thrilled even by his first poem here, by way of introducing himself, as I too am obsessed both with the sea and with Anthony Gormley's iron men on Crosby beach:

another place
I stare out
to sea
with the eyes
of a hundred men


I knew that I was going to be in great company as I settled down with what proved to be a truly excellent collection of beautifully written and elegantly arranged paired tanka.

Seeing Double includes a substantial foreword by Claire Everett and an afterword by Larry Kimmel. If you have an interest in short-form poetry, this is as fine an example as you could wish for. [Here is a link to it on AmazonUK where you can find out more.] Wholeheartedly recommended.

5 September 2016

4 September 2016


A betting slip in his hand, he tells me he's started chemo

 sept 1


nothing to read . . .

but the text

under her ponytail

aug 28 



a lemon sherbet

as the hearse

goes past

aug 26 

a week of swimming in the sea every day did me a lot of good


five lines




from the pier to the lighthouse


the light / house



early light

my body

washes up

on the shore

aug 19 


masts & sails

cut through fields

tidal creek

aug 19 
boats have their own version of writers block



day moon

the highest of

the climbing

white roses

aug 12 


red valerian

tumbling pink

snail shells

aug 12 


white butterflies

my head is

a nettle patch

aug 12