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Poems To Live By: ‘Love (III)’

There is nothing like a satisfactory meal. The only thing which can possibly improve on it is a meal with people you love and value. Or, even greater, people who love and value you. The food, the drink, the pleasure … Continue reading

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Poems to Live by: ‘Broadcast’

Broadcast  Giant whispering and coughing from Vast Sunday-full and organ-frowned-on spaces Precede a sudden scuttle on the drum, ‘The Queen’, and huge resettling. Then begins A snivelling of the violins: I think of your face among all those faces, Beautiful … Continue reading

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Poems to Live By: ‘In my craft or sullen art’

In my craft or sullen art In my craft or sullen art Exercised in the still night When only the moon rages And the lovers lie abed With all their griefs in their arms, I labour by singing light Not … Continue reading

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Books of the Year

Tender is the Night – F.Scott Fitzgerald One of the pleasures of reading is re-reading. I must have read this novel as a student and I’ve read it at least once since then, enjoying it both times. This time was different … Continue reading

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Poems to Live By: ‘Tomatoes’

There’s a certain irony to 24 hour news. It feels as if the more news we get, the less important it all seems. It certainly feels less real somehow. Whereas thirty years ago, a Michael Burke report seemed to move … Continue reading

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Poems to Live By: To My Daughter in a Red Coat

To My Daughter in a Red Coat Late October. It is afternoon. My daughter and I walk through the leaf-strewn Corridors of the park In the light and the dark Of the elms’ thin arches. Around us brown leaves fall … Continue reading

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Poems to Live By: ‘Wedding Day’

WEDDING DAY Oh my love I am afraid. The sound has stopped in the day And these images reel over And over. Why all those tears, The wild grief on his face Outside the taxi! The sap Of mourning has … Continue reading

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