Lifesaving poems of summer

Now that we have finally had one in the UK, I found myself wondering recently how many of my Lifesaving Poems choices … More

The fame question

When I visit schools to read and talk about poetry there is often some sort of Q and A following … More

Gratitude

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

Lifesaving Poems: Charles Causley’s ‘Who?’

Who?   Who is that child I see wandering, wandering down by the side of the quivering stream? Why does … 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