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Thoughts from Empire’s Home-Port Shore

Tarnishing and Rust On empire’s home-port shore,an old strength resisting.Lucknow to Sierra Leone,yellow fever to mutiny,marble balm for victories’ loss. A row of forgotten obelisks;lists of salt-seasoned names,of letters that shined like surffused in iron and brass,to seal a collective sigh. But stone flakes into shrapnel, the once hard edges of words,soft and reddening. Metal breaks down and dissolvesinto the reckoning earth. First published in Poetry & All That Jazz (2021) Portsmouth is full of monuments to…

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#PM4PM

Or not. Penny Mordaunt, who I am lucky enough to have as my MP, has thrown her hat in the ring to be the next Prime Minister of the UK. This is someone who made the egregious claim that Turkey was about to join the EU, when less than a minute spent checking for evidence of this showed it to be completely untrue. She either knew it was a lie or couldn’t be bothered to…

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Side Hustle

Like many people I have a side hustle.  Coming from a place where money was tight, (my father left home when I was quite young and I remember writing letters to charities to get funding for school equipment amongst other things), has shaped my attitude towards relying on one source of income.  I’ve seen how a comfortable existence can be changed overnight. It’s shaped a lot of how I am as a person. And we…

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The Land of the Free

This is a poetry blog. But poetry doesn’t exist in a vacuum. I’ve written political posts about what’s happening in the UK, and will continue to do so as our ‘great leader’ tries to hold on and extend his power for another 10-15 years by whatever method he can. It worries me that he might get away with it. And it makes me pretty angry. But I’m absolutely sickened by what is happening in the…

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Poems From February & March 2022

I’ve just loaded three poems and one prose piece that appeared here in February & March 2022 onto my poems page. It’s a very, very busy time of the year for me, work wise – in my day job I work in recruitment, and am currently recruiting for roles in the UK, Netherlands, Germany & the USA. This is actually a reduction in number of countries & time zones (I have also recently filled jobs…

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Where Less is More

Back from a few days holiday – my first break since starting a new job in October. I needed it. Whilst the new role is great (it’s amazing how feeling valued at work improves both your productivity and mental well-being!) I was getting tired, and starting to struggle a little. I’m currently recruiting in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore, with candidates for some of these roles coming from a range of locations around…

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Poetry Submissions

I’ve hardly submitted anything anywhere this year. Work pressures, lack of belief in my own writing, time spent on other activities. The usual excuses. But as I start to write again, I am starting to look out for new opportunities to submit poems. I follow a good few magazines on Twitter, so am watching out for magazine open submission windows. There are also a few listing sites I use. But it can be a bit…

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Is It Any Good?

I’ve been away from this blog for a couple of weeks. Firstly work has, as is often the case, got in the way. For those who don’t know, I work in recruitment, and have been working on a range of assignments in the following countries – Australia, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Singapore, the UK and the USA. Needless to say managing the time zone discrepancies isn’t easy, but it’s worth it financially – and I…

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Was it Really Two Years Ago

….that the country entered into the first lockdown? When I say the country, I mean most of us. Some who disobeyed the rules received £10K fines. As we know, many of those who made the rules just carried on partying. But that’s for another post. I’m writing this whilst looking out into our garden. It’s a little too cold to sit there for long, but it is a glorious blue-skied spring morning. During that first…

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Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize Competition

Finally! My first success of 2022 (I’ve been focussing on existing projects and manuscript work primarily rather than sending stuff out so far this year). My prose poem At the Landfill of Memories has been selected for this year’s anthology (out of over 1,300 poems submitted). Dempsey & Windle are my publishers, so I like to enter this competition to support them (I don’t enter that many contests). It doesn’t mean I automatically get work…

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