Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Three new poems in The High Window

'Three stories from Gerald of Wales'  taken from his prose 'Journey through Wales'.  I've known the first one for a long time. It would make a fine grim TV episode....with a bit of scrolling you can read them here:


All three are taken from the forthcoming 'A Presentment of Englishry' which will be published by Shearsman in the UK in March 2019.


The range of translations in this issue of The High Window, ably curated by Jo Balmer, is worth a visit, especially if, like me, you don't know much about classical poetry. The selection includes Lesley Saunders 'Praise song for a pair of earings' which I enthused about earlier on this blog. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Poetry Voice-The Pleasure of poetry

One of the great pleasures of poetry is to read it aloud. So for no other reason than that, I'm recording poems on a regular basis, choosing them at random from Old English to the present.

I'm not convinced my pronunciation of Old and Middle English is authentic, but I'm not going to let that stop me reading some of my favourite pieces.

You can hear the readings at

or if you'd prefer,  you'll find it as a podcast on itunes.