About Me

About Me
I am a writer, editor and gardener living in the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire. I have a degree and masters in Literature and Philosophy undertaken while living in London. I obtained a PGCE in English and History and taught for two years in a secondary school in England (age range: 11-18). My writing credits can be viewed here. I have had two poetry books published and am co-translator of Alain-Fournier:Poems (Carcanet, 2016). I am an editor and associate publisher at The High Window Press.

(See:thehighwindowpress.com)

17.12.15

ANGLES & VISIONS


(from Angles & Visions, 
publication March, 2016)


THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES 

A strange treatment on love, with echoes 
of Sirk and Rosselini: anachronistic sex
in a cable car above some alpine state, 
a pencil-skirted, platinum blonde ... American? 
A dark-haired man in suit and tie ... Italian? 
She considers their fleeting romance 'platonic'  
but, empathetic to his character and need, 
hands the gentleman a handkerchief. 
She turns her back and he turns his, 
as - cut to mise en scène - he masturbates. 

As an act of kindness, it seems 
enlightened, unlike the attempted rape 
of Athena, the shot load of Hephaestus;
a foster-son stuck on her virgin's thigh.  
Wiped off and dropped to earth 
on a scrap of wool, a boy germinates, 
who is reared by Gaia and placed, 
on Athena's orders, into the box where 
he grows to the length of a serpent:  
                        Erichthronius 
frightening to death the women who lift 
the lid and look inside, the kind of half-man 
half-snake that curls around your neck. 



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