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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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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: ‘The Shape of Nothing Happening’

The Shape of Nothing Happening Dust knows the places we have forgotten, or we never see, marking out the margins of our world: the window ledge’s cracked paint, the bevelled edges of a door frame, the dado rails, the skirting … Continue reading

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Poems To Live By: ‘The Tyger’

As a teacher, if I wasn’t sure about what to teach, the following poem was the one I usually turned to. It worked with pupils of all ages, from year 7 right through to A Level students. As a result, it … Continue reading

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