I am taking a break from writing brand new blog posts over the summer.

Instead of posting new work I am giving readers the chance to read material from the archives of my blog.

In no particular order, here are twenty of my favourite posts from the last four years.




To My Cancer

When you left me

I did not say goodbye.


I kissed you

then carried you outside.


You did not leave.

I am still saying goodbye.


To mark the 25th Anniversary of publishing The North, Peter and Ann Sansom invited 25 poets to write poems of 25 words about important events, private or public, from the last quarter-century.

The above poem will appear in Riddance, my forthcoming book from Worple Press.

This edition of the magazine also includes my review of Jo Shapcott’s wonderful Of Mutability.


First published April 14, 2011