Maytree, Marsden and All That Poetry Jazz

Last week in the run-up to National Poetry Day, I went to Carlisle to appear on Radio Cumbria’s Arty Show and discuss matters poetic with Darren Milby and Polly Atkin. I did the usual thing and took a wrong turn while driving, sailing past the junction I was meant to go down and ending up…

Dandelion Sun #Truth #NationalPoetryDay

Dandelion Sun by Jonathan Humble A child’s sun finds a dream in young eyes. In blinks of dandelion eclipses, refracted light reflects on retinas holding warmth in ragged leaves below a flower standing up and out. Ryegrass and foxtail for company, a golden head of petals, swaying and slight, is there and gone and there…

Fireweed

Fireweed Grown wild, unclaimed and loose in lanes, he peed higher, spat further, swore louder than any other latchkey street weed. Green acolytes, summoned with strangled banshee howls, drawn to worship as he spoke to us in bloodied tongues for a dare. Envied for knowledge of hidden pathways by the railway, and his dead bat…