I’m grateful to you, you see. I wanted to tell you. –Raymond Carver (‘For Tess’) A kind, wise man once … More

Lifesaving Poems: T.S. Eliot’s ‘Hysteria’

Hysteria As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved in her laughter and being part of it, until her … More

Lifesaving Poems: Ted Hughes’s ‘Wind’

Just about everyone I know who reads and writes poetry seriously owes a debt of one kind or another to … More

Scribbling With Delight

When I speak to trainee primary school teachers about their views of poetry I am often struck by their divergent … More

Lifesaving Poems: Roger McGough’s ‘I always wanted to go on the stage’

  I count myself lucky to have been taught by a team of English teachers who I have no doubt … More

Lifesaving Poems: Sean O’Brien’s ‘Before’

To safe and almost universal silence I published How Far From Here is Home? (Stride) a few days before Christmas in … More