English poetry

Poems in English

The bouncing spider

schnyder schnyder The bouncing spider Had a song Wound up inside her She’d had it taped On a silken spool […]


begin at a chapter you have read before With new words and a new hand turning The pages where the […]

Jerusalem and redcurrants

my jerusalem My newfoundland Juicy as redcurrants With their sweet tang taste My desire My holy requirement Caught in a […]

The plane and the blackbird

a cold bright sun Two days to christmas A first-quarter moon At a good vantage-point A small white coffin Driven […]


loneliness is a state The lonely cannot reach It carries a grandeur That doesn’t fit into Bed-sitters or rejected Ideas […]

The feminine touch

she came on a fine cool morning The last of a course i was attending As we crowded the pavement […]


the sky is shattered Its debris Clutters the world’s streets Where the light came from Is a question Charred beyond […]


when the time comes Yield To the forces outside you Images simply Of your inner compulsions When the time comes […]

From imperfect Eden

(1) And off to scott’s (the dockers’ restaurant) Burly men packed in round solid tables But what the helle (drowned […]

Symbolically concerned

dodona oak (the tree of life) sheds leaves Nutritious-which feeds blood and mind today There’s not a jot (from which […]

In search of milk and paradise

heeley (sheffield) autumn 1988 Dodging the broken bottles Dog-shit the pavement spew I wheel my young son matthew Through the […]


a nearby field provides the plants Sometimes with a wild profusion (organisation seems a long way off) It takes an […]

Personal request

for what my heart held clear And didn’t have the wit to show For what my path proposed And got […]

Legs rivers and age

with landbound legs a wish For the easy flow of a river – not The clambering up crags to seek […]


the cupboard was done up On the outside In the brightest of colours The house it was part of Was […]

Absinthe and stained glass

(i) Absinthe makes the hurt grow fonder The green fairy burbles what’s this ‘ere When vincent (sozzled) knifes his lug […]

Daft icarus

it began as a secret desire (an itch In the marrow too vague to get through To the bone) an […]

Snowdrop blaze

from late december onwards the day comes back But not till february do we see those glimpses That let us […]

At the sixty-ninth station

(after hiroshige – stations of oi) Here at the sixty-ninth station Of the gregokaido road I have a sense of […]


you may get fed up with me She says (seing herself slightly) Fearing old age in a woman Must render […]


the two hands of me make inimical gestures That only long after betray the one tune Though they have the […]

It was once called

it comes like a convict Squeezing through bars And is gone before The promptest siren It suddenly turns In the […]

Snail and spiral

i take my property with me says the snail Slow-moving (yes) but packed with sublime thought The house upon its […]


peaches exude this thrall – Reminders of those luscious Whereabouts that lips Best find their precious sips To cry let […]

Hawthorns and the like

as the landscape falls away The hawthorn in its gnarly fashion Is content to stand alone Berries (the very tint […]

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