MY POETRY

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A MARRIAGE OF OTHER PEOPLE'S CONVENIENCE Peer group pressure forcing people into loveless relationships.

THE ABYSS WITHIN Am I pessimistic? 

BOGHART HOLE CLOUGH BOATING LAKE  

THE ACNE AND ECSTASY OF ADOLESCENCE  A teenager panics about his first date

AN URBAN LEGEND IN HIS OWN LUNCHTIME  Absurdity of Urban Legend stories taken literally.  

AQUABARD   Surreal poem inspired by Manchester city centre fountains.

AQUARIANS ONLY NEED APPLY     Inspired by a job interview where the interviewer was obsessed with astrology for no reason at all.

ARTHUR ASTON LIMERICK Hated soldier clubbed to death by his own men in the English Civil War

 

AW BUT SIR  A student bases a literary essay on TV and movies. 

 

 BEASTS OF THE STORM  A dark atmospheric horror piece written for performance in multiple voices and sound effects. 

 

  BEN BRIERLEY  poem about a Manchester dialect poet and the pub named after him.

BOGHART HOLE CLOUGH BOATING LAKE  Romantic sensual verse 

Brain Drain – A Poem Inspired By The Word Evaporation

CAVE MEN Underground sex male on male adults only 

CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Eminem takes on Bob The Builder over the Xmas Number One record 

 

DEMON DOG  - True story of Prince Rupert's battle hound, in ballad form 

 

DIVIDED LOYALTIES  Deciding which side to serve in a Civil War. 

Don’t Do That. You Might Hurt Yourself. A Poem Inspired By The Word Safeguard

DRESS CODE – A poem about a pub where they insist on a strict dress code, inspired by Wetherspoons, in Manchester.

 

DON QUIXOTE IN CANDLEWICK GREEN

Eek Eek Eek - Poem Inspired By The Word Porpoise

 poem - The End Is Nigh

EROTIC TANKA POETRY - ADULTS ONLY - Short poems for grown ups.

 

EVEREST THE HARD WAY A man wrecks his neighbourhood trying to copy something he saw on TV.

 Inspired by the word Explosion.

FINDING THE FIRST SENTANCE  Breaking free from writer’s block.

 

FIRST TASTE OF LOVE  My first romantic episode in life.

 

GLASTONBURY Topical look at the rock festival (Wish I was there now)

Poem – Gothic Valentine Card

 

 

HAIKU - My collection of three line fifteen syllable poems in the famous Japanese format, (in English verse).

 

HIGH RISE    - Unimaginative skyscraper architecture eyesores. 

Poem - The Hippocritic Oath

 

 IDENTITY A philosopher tries to avoid paying tax. 

 

ISOLATION EXERCISE A writer goes mad in a haunted house.

 

THE LITTLE PINK THIEF Poem abut evil Clangers

 

LITTERING WITH INTENT – My views on urban pollution

 

MY CIVIL WAR POEMS  (Poems by me about the English Civil War) 

 

 

OLIVER CROMWELL ACROSTIC The life and times of Cromwell, set to the letters of his own name. 

 

ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENT Wile E Coyote sues ACME for damages.

 

 

PIKE BLOCK English Civil War spoof 

Poem – Breakfast For The Rude Customer At Table Five – Inspired By The Word Marmalade.

Poem Inspired By The Word Extravagance - Hey, Fat Cat.

Poem - What Sort Of Impression Does This Leave?

POETRY, (REVIEWS) 

POETRY AUDIO REVIEWS - how poetry sounds in many recordings. 

POETRY NEWS ARTICLES - A review of me in a leading literary journal. 

POETRY SLAMS POETRY SLAMS - Article on what goes on at Poetry Slam events.

REFLECTIONS ON A NINETEENTH CENTURY DAGUERROTYPE Inspired by a very early photograph 

SLEEPING AROUND Sleeping with a naked woman without making love to her.

SLOW BUS TO STOCKPORT The 192 bus service from Manchester can be quite an adventure. 

SO CIVILIZED AND SPORTING OF YOU SIR Why Queensbury charged Oscar Wilde with sodomy - true story in verse. 

THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT   A Punch And Judy puppeteer is abducted by aliens.

THIS TIME THE COWBOYS LOSE. Early poem, inspired by the dreaded Poll Tax.  

TO IRWIN ALLEN  The Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Creator hears from his critics.

TRASH THE DRESS – A bride destroys her wedding dress, forgetting one important detail  

VAMPIRE LULLABY A newly created vampire receives advice from his maker

WATERCOLOURS A model nearly drowns for real posing as Ophelia.  

WE ARE THE GREEN ROOM My tribute to a major poetry venue in Manchester on learning it was due to close down. 

What Did You Do On National Poetry Day, Daddy?

 

Poem - Who Says We Have Nothing To Write About?

 

YOU HAVE TO QUAGMIRE SOME PEOPLE Inspired by a fall into a Pennine Way peat bog near Blackstone Edge.

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