Sitting In A Semi (after David Bowie)

Remote in a Cumbrian village, removed and adrift as instructed, I have become a modern Major Tom, floating with the tins and toilet rolls, bouncing off the ceiling, walls and floor. Behind glass, I message Planet Earth, well placed for views in virtual space, sitting in a semi, playing spot the Herdwick, clapping frontline health…

Leveret (after Carolyn Jess-Cooke)

Forty weeks I wondered what would happen. Bought a tiny cardigan while waiting, embroidered with some meadow hares in sunshine and wee blue shoes that you would never wear. With little witchy hand you grasped my finger, your body wrapped in heirloom knitted cloth, each breath I watched and worried in the pauses and worried…

Early Morning Effrontery

I fear porcelain is not your cultural milieu and your persistence in performing eight legged running man dances up sheer white bathroom edifices under the gaze and malevolence of the attentive cat bastard flexing its tail on this toilet seat will prove an effrontery too far. Darwin’s theory of natural selection will happen well before…

Caught In Concrete

Caught In Concrete Misplaced upstart sycamore, shooting from damaged concrete; what drives such green confidence, sprung as you are from wayward keys, late buffeted by autumn elements and the caprice of a council leaf blower? Flying against reason, stubbornly mocking the odds and gods with rude and purposed growth, some imperative demanding vigour as if…

Adrenaline Junkie

An eyeflash hint of speed followed by car alarm blackbirds and I know you’ve tested the air again; surfed a low profile wave in a high stake hawk ride, navigating marginal branch gaps and scaring little brown jobs witless, while beaks from tree and bush alert the neighbourhood watch. Standing still, I stay and wait,…

A poem for International Women’s Day

Three fervent bearded scholars, blessed with massive intellect, sat beside an open fire in debate, and the focus of their discourse, was the welfare of the Earth, which, abused, was in a fairly sorry state. For the people tasked them jointly, as custodians in chief, with the role of keeping safe this special gift. So…

Postcards From Beyond The Looking Glass

I said goodbye to sanity one Thursday late in June. I kissed it fondly on the cheek and gave it a balloon. It soared into the clear blue sky under a gibbous moon. I shed a melancholic tear and sang a mournful tune. I parted from reality, after a pipe or two, and surfed across…

Poetry Workshops

Last year, after taking the decision to reduce my teaching hours in order to concentrate on poetry, I set a few aims on what I’d like to try and achieve in 2020. The proposed publication of a pamphlet has so far been the most exciting development, with Maytree Press confirming an August launch of Fledge…

Latest News From Maytree Press

Exciting times in the Poetry Village … read the latest from Marsden’s Maytree Press >>>>>>>> HERE !!! Maytree Press … Poetry Publishing in the Pennines Maytree have released their list of publications for 2020: Lucy Newlyn – February Amanda Huggins – February Green Fields Anthology – March Johanna Boal – March – three trees edition…

Cumbrian Story Project #NotPoetry

Popped over to the Brewery Arts Centre today to record a true story for a local project … ‘Street’ About thirty years ago, as a young teacher, I took my class of 10 year olds on an outdoor education residential week in the Lake District. The school did this every summer term and it gave…

Wish by Katerina Neocleous

It is Tuesday morning and I’ve just abandoned re-building the dry stone wall that contains our front garden. I’ve also battened down the greenhouse hatches because Storm Brendan is threatening to throw a tantrum and my fingers have gone numb in a bitter wind. Drying off a damp beard and changing out of soggy clothing,…

Green Fields #Festival

So very pleased to be on this list. Thank you Nick Allen and David Coldwell. Green Fields – The Guest List A nice piece about the anthology featuring Back To The Garden Back To The Garden  (after Joni Mitchell)