Category Archives: Poetry

Here & Now

Twig Circle Construction with found twigs I attempt to make intense, individual objects objects whose power is not dependent on where or when they are seen.

Table Work

In my Scottish studio, I work on a table. Constructed in pine, it is rather battered but stable and came from a farmhouse in Gloucestershire. It was given to me by Lily Messenger, who had lived in Rodmarton before moving … Read more

Jabberwocky

John Hurt reciting Jabberwocky, the first poem I learned by heart. He died on 27 January 2017, Lewis Carroll’s 185th birthday. If you’ve got an hour he also does a great performance of Krapp’s Last Tape.

In Arezzo

On the first Sunday of each month the streets of Arezzo are lined with stalls filled with antiques and bric-a-brac for the Fiera Antiquaria, one of the best known antiques markets in Italy.

Blue Sky Blossom

Couldn’t resist a little excursion locally to photograph blossom trees in all their finery.  And an appropriate haiku: Gazing at the cherry blossoms The bone in my neck Gets painful. (Nishiyama Soin, 1605-1682)

Otmoor

I was born just after WW2. My parents had moved to Noke when they married in the early 1940s. We lived in a tiny cottage, totally lacking modern amenities. No electricity, water from the well and an earth loo in … Read more

Otmoor: Moonlight & Myths

I was born just after WW2. My parents had moved to Noke when they married in the early 1940s. We lived in a tiny cottage totally lacking modern amenities. No electricity, water from the well and an earth loo in … Read more

Living Tree

It’s said they planted trees by graves to soak up spirits of the dead through roots into the growing wood. The favorite in the burial yards I knew was common juniper. One could do worse than pass into such a … Read more

Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage

I discovered this film thanks to Caught By The River and Nowness. A brief evocation of Prospect Cottage and its endless garden by Howard Sooley, photographer of Derek Jarman’s Garden. Busie old foole, unruly Sunne, Why dost thou thus, Through … Read more

Moon Arc

This large watercolour was painted by Andrew Walton to celebrate 12 walks with David Attwooll on Oxford’s Port Meadow. Their journeys were documented in Ground Work, an exhibition of painting and poetry earlier this year at Art Jericho. Moon Arc … Read more