mystics #3

2014-04-01 16.14.20
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Dawn chorus, Howard Grove, 5 am

mystics #2

Fray Luis de León, ‘Noche Serena’ -
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Trans-Atlantic Poetry Night – Reading at Goodenough College


Dark Night Blues / Noche Oscura

- a vandalisitic / homophonic / back-translated /anagram-ed traducción muy libre of San Juan de la Cruz’s ‘Noche Oscura’, from the book La noche oscura del alma (The Dark Night of the Soul). Sorry Spanish literature, sorry Real Academia, sorry mysticism -

2014-02-25 16.31.38

english re-versioning


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common: graves, sense – not so common!

2014-01-24 13.03.32

Common graves, Abney Park Cemetery

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More common or pauper’s graves in the dissenter’s graveyard; they were evicted from proper plots after six months if they couldn’t pay and ended up in these shallow ditches alongside the path. Photo credit: ele

click click click

2014-01-30 17.13.37

a cycle song

2013-12-06 21.07.02
2013-12-06 21.06.40riding is habit & tactile
repetition reducing variables
leaves constants & attends
to the constants when
suddenly inconstant:

a slightly different grasp
& my golden drops are stags’
antlers almost
synchronous gold clicks
of both calipers mean
go, apex & autumn leaves
are go, low winter
sun is a carpet of blinding white gold

into the light & through
its curtain & the reverse camber
opens out

Alfred Wallis Ekphrasis

2013-10-23 19.54.10

The first two sentences of the poem are the painting’s title. Wallis was a Cornish ‘outsider’ artist and fisherman who painted these wonderful, flatly distributed landscapes; I saw the real thing at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.


Voiceworks 2013

YN931862_942longHere’s the recording of my contribution to the 2013 Voiceworks project, a collaborative music/song and poetry enterprise that runs yearly between Birkbeck and The Guildhall. I worked with composer Roman Benedict and Soprano Chloe Schaaf, and this is what it sounded like in the end. The piece was performed at the rather grand Wigmore Hall; Roman and I were surprised by a video camera and asked to talk about our process after the concert. The text I wrote was called ‘Vox-Box’, developed in collaboration with Roman and Chloe. The final written text is here: VOXBOX


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