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Announcement: Macrina Magazine

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I'm very proud to announce that I have 5 sonnets appearing in issue 6 of Macrina Magazine, who publish great articles of philosophy and theology as well as poetry and fiction. Click here to read my sonnets. In their own words 'Macrina Magazine is an online Christian philosophical journal that offer readers a platform to explore faith, politics and culture critically and creatively.' As such Macrina is a rare, exciting and special space of creative and academic thought and expression, and you should read everything they put out! Check out there great back catalogue of issues here . The 5 sonnets I have appearing in this issue are from a series I have been writing since the beginning of October entitled 'Poems and Sonnets for the End of Modernity.' At the time of posting I'm up to 72, and counting. The project is being written out of our present situation of lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current polarising nature of partisan politics. It speaks to the

Announcement: Dead Letter Radio Podcast

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  I'm really pleased to announce to announce that one of my poems ' Edge ' Has been featured on episode 1 of the brand new Podcast, Dead Letter Radio .  Update: I’m happy to announce that another of my poems  ‘At Sea ’   has been featured on  episode 7 of Dead Letter Radio. This podcast is a passion project by someone who loves poetry and creative writing and has a desire to discover writing by new writers and help make their work available to a wider audience. It's a wonderful project as the host really understands the feelings of vulnerability in submitting work, and therefore wants to keep the podcast open to anonymous submission. When we were talking about the first episode they said to me 'For me, writing has always felt so personal, to have someone read it is as if I'm being stripped bare... The idea of this podcast came around originally for those like me... who maybe not quite ready to put their name out there... The idea began to grow. To me, it looks l

L'étang de l'Or

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Your hair is blonde it reflects In green flecks, the grass As the water does the sky. At the end of the damp sand And the water of dusty clouds You talk to the ripples and the bubbles Dropping shells in the lapping. You talk the same language of expression For this is the calm constancy of l'étang Not the constant change of crashing waves. Beneath a sunset that marks us With a strong desire to remain I see it reflected in the turquoise of you eyes, a minute flame. In the water, the sun's bridal dress  Drapes an enormous fiery train And proudly L'étang de l'Or  Bares its burnished name. L'étang de l'Or, probably best translated as 'The Golden Marsh', is a large marshy lake between Mauguio and the Mediterranean Sea. This week I walked there with my son and we played at the waters edge before watching the sunset.

Transform - A song

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The Spirit of The Lord was upon him To bring the good news to the poor, Humbly he took on the servants burden To lift our broken flesh from the floor. God and flesh without a contradiction Holy Spirit heal this divide, Let us live out the incarnation To be the body where Christ does reside. Transform our hearts, Transform our hands, To transform. The Spirit of The Lord was upon him To set all the captives free, He followed a life of love to its conclusion When hatred nailed him firmly to a tree. God and suffering without a contradiction Holy Spirit comfort while we hide, Help us to take on the crucifixion To be the body where Christ does reside. Transform our hearts, Transform our hands, To transform. The Spirit of the sovereign was upon him To declare the favour of The Lord, He shattered every paradigm we made for him When with utter life he over came the sword. Deathless life without a contradiction Holy Spirit rouse these dry bones, Help us to live lives of resurrection To be be the

For Sam Baker

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  In perfect poems, He honours the forgotten And shines his light on Whispered honour. His broken fingers pick out a pretty world And the pain is beauty, Within and inseparable. How painful, and how beautiful are these day. My very soul is sweetly undone Before the dispersed family  Of his songs. I wrote this poem on September 3rd 2020 While listening to the album 'Pretty World' by Sam Baker. The lines 'broken fingers', 'pretty world' and 'sweetly undone' found in the poem are all track titles, and the line 'how beautiful are these days' is written on the inside cover of the album. My brother (and guitarist of The Sewer Cats ) bought me this album for Christmas ten or eleven years ago. Since then I've listened to it, and Sam Bakers other albums, innumerable times. Sam Baker is a unique and breathtaking artist for so many reasons. His songs demonstrate a rare depth of understanding for the human condition and uncover a beauty in places or peop

Announcement: Across The Margin

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I’m really pleased to announce that 3 of my poems have been published in the brilliant and very popular online journal ‘Across the Margin.’ ‘Across the Margin’ publish art, poetry, fiction, essays, political pieces, and they also have a great podcast. It’s an important journal not shying away from contentious issues but adding to discussions with well thought out pieces, good humour and, above all, a love of great writing. Check out the diverse journal here. I'm very humbled to have my poetry included alongside some outstanding and very important writers. For example, only a week before I was there featured poet, they published three heartfelt poems by Philip Shabazz whose work incredibly moving and challenging. Check them out here. My three poems although written in different contexts are linked by how they engage with the motion of time, and invite you to intimately apprehend its uneven passage. ‘Legacy’ which was inspired by the books on my parent’s bookshelves and the stories

Announcement: Beyond Words Literary Magazine, plus a word on 'Home' & homelessness.

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I am very proud to announce that my poem 'Home' has been published In the June 2020 Issue of Beyond Words Literary Magazine .  Beyond Words is an international online journal of contemporary creative writing, photography and art. The edition is jammed full of beautiful art and photography, and deeply inspiring creative writing.  Click here to purchase access to a digital copy. To order print copies click here and scroll to the bottom of the home page. My poem 'Home' is inspired by both my experiences working with the homeless and recently moving homes. I try to explore the nuances of the meanings of the word home, which is more than a physical place (a house, flat, tent etc.) but, at the same time, is very importantly such a physical place. We can romantically say to our partner 'you're my home!' with a certain poetic truth, but it is an insufficient concept of home. We need a place in which we are home. I can't be my wife's home if we