Ordinary Words

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£10 including postage to anywhere in the UK.
£17 including postage to the rest of the world.

What you get…

A signed copy containing 30 years of poetry much of which has been published online in ezines, in print, in journals and collections and in some newspapers.

The book is split into seven sections, each could be its own chapbook.

JOE NOBODY………………………………………..the early poems from 1983 to 1991

THE BEAUTIFUL OCTOPUS CLUB………………………….poems about the people with autism, down’s syndrome etc who I worked for. Each a pen-portrait of a special person who touched my life.

FLY POSTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED………………………poems with a harder edge from the myspace poems (2006-2010)

A GEORGIA MOON AT MIDNIGHT………………………….the softer poems from those I wrote on myspace (2006-2010)

SONGLINES…………………………………………hidden sonnets (2009-2014)

THE JACKSON POEMS………………………………….nine bluesy poems written in one night inspired by being introduced to the genius music of Jackson C. Frank

THE SOBO SONNETS…………………………………..from the start of 2013 I tried to write a sonnet a day for the whole year. I managed 235 sonnets. These are the best of those.

Here’s an example…

WOMAN
Beauty, you are woman, not in the curve
of your breasts or the fullness of your lips;
you are beauty in the spirit, the verve
with which you throw yourself at all life’s trips

and pitfalls. Beauty you are woman through
eyes age‐wearied in their love and breasts made
rich in the suckling, and those that know
will see the beauty, truth that does not fade

or grey in the eyes of man. Woman you
stand tall and fierce with eyes of fire, with all
the desire of sex crackling through
your touch, and I hear the aching call

of eyes, and your lips are just soft enough
to remind me that what we are, is love.

(from Songlines but also one of the hidden sonnets in the prose poem “decade”)

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