The Secret Pages

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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.



Lasynys Fawr

Moel y Gerddi


Castell Harlech

Sarn Badrig

Carneddau Hengwm

Eglwys Saint Bodfan, Llanaber

Craig y Gigfran

Y Garth

Gwelfor (County Stores)

Capel Siloam

Y Traeth

Ty Gwyn and Davy Jones Locker

Pont y Bermo

Epilogue: Morfa Mawddach (Barmouth Junction)

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

Sorry Things

Discourses of the Severed Head


First discourse: to his followers

Second discourse: to his rescuers

Third discourse: to Jeremy Paxman

Fourth discourse

Fifth discourse: to the House of Lords

Sixth discourse: to his captors


Other poems


On the altar


On Mistress Joan’s Passing


Seraglio – a poem for the patriarchy

— Minor Monuments ends —


Poems written as part of the MESH and WAIT projects at City Church in 2016 and 2017.

The Ambivalent Tree


The Fig Tree


Are you going to?

Other creatures

A growing collection of animal poems.



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