"The lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact"
“At the time, age eighteen, having been brought up in a hair-trigger society where the ground rules were – if no physically violent touch was being laid upon you, and no outright verbal insults were being levelled at you, and no taunting looks in the vicinity either, then nothing was happening, so how could you be under attack from something that wasn’t there? At eighteen I had no proper understanding of the ways that constituted encroachment.”
"A cow looks out to sea, dreaming of a life that involves grass."
“Be a person with knowledge, not just opinions.”
Poetry on love, abuse, healing, sex, shame, and the stolen history of the queer community.
“Guess that's where the tears came from, knowing that there's so much in this great big world that you don't have a single ounce of control over."
Every poetry anthology I read, I write a comment like, “I don’t read poetry that often BUT I actually really loved this”. Why?
"Hating, after all, was a drier form of drowning."
Some suggestions of what to do during lockdown as a literary enthusiast.
A poetry anthology on loss, love, acceptance and the internalisation of pain.