Welcome to the Secret Pages, a home for new and current work. The poems are available on Living Lantern only via the link for the page: the Secret Pages are not accessible from the main site menus. I’m using this method to allow limited circulation of new poems to people who might be interested. The Secret Pages are open to comment, so feel free to do so.
Currently, I have included mainly poems which will feature in my collection Minor Monuments, due to launch in May 2018.
Ardudwy is a stretch of the Welsh coast between the Dwyryd and Mawddach rivers. Barmouth, where my father grew up (and my parents retired to) sits at the southern end. It has turned out to be a significant landscape for me.
Prologue: Port Meirion – this is the prologue to the sequence, as, strictly, Port Meirion is not in Ardudwy.
The Major Works
Poems responding to the works of Sir Thomas Browne. The group title comes from that of the Penguin edition of his works.
The Fourth Thing
Of the Pictures of Moses with Horns
Of the Picture of the Pelecan
The Fate of his Bones
The Republic of Bees
What face this world will carry
Discourses of the Severed Head
First discourse: to his followers
Second discourse: to his rescuers
Third discourse: to Jeremy Paxman
Fifth discourse: to the House of Lords
Sixth discourse: to his captors
On the altar
On Mistress Joan’s Passing
— Minor Monuments ends —
Poems written as part of the MESH and WAIT projects at City Church in 2016 and 2017.
A growing collection of animal poems.