Monday, 8 September 2014


This place, this recalled spot

like a yawn

opening the faculties,

I enter

wearing a humiliating gathering

of new skin and greater shoes.

I was adolescent here.

I feel I have a greater number of measurements than this spot

as if I've strolled into a photo.

Maybe, even, more shade,

as if this spot

were a pencil portrayal of itself.

A long time of orchestras have played

in any case this spot, with its ear shut,

senses that a tomorrow

developing out of yesterday,

just as today

were just a quiet midnight.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


My aim is to collect every thing
for this scrapbook. To cram
remnants of my movements
between its paper cover
and cardboard back. To feed it
the litter of my days
as if it were some hungry,
shelf-dwelling animal, eager
to masticate my present
and digest it as a past.
To anthologise the trivialities –
the tickets, the receipts, the reminders –
to plant them and wait for
their journeys, their purchases, their events
to grow into a leafy, memorial splendour.
To stand volumes, great libraries
of my fallen leaves and listen
to the silent regiment.
To one day feel the thrill,
its horror and elation in my blood’s tide
as I let go of one of those leaves,
putting a gaping uncertainty
between the pages.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


A pier is a raised structure, including bridge and building supports and walkways, over water, typically supported by widely spread piles or pillars. The lighter structure of a pier allows tides and currents to flow almost unhindered, whereas the more solid foundations of a quay or the closely spaced piles of a wharf can act as a breakwater, and are consequently more liable to silting. Piers can range in size and complexity from a simple lightweight wooden structure to major structures extended over 1600 metres out to sea. In American English, pier may be synonymous with dock.

Piers have been built for several purposes, and because these different purposes have distinct regional variances, the term pier tends to have different nuances of meaning in different parts of the world. Thus in North America and Australia, where many ports were, until recently, built on the multiple pier model, the term tends to imply a current or former cargo-handling facility. In Europe in contrast, where ports more often use basins and river-side quays than piers, the term is principally associated with the image of a Victorian cast iron pleasure pier. However, the earliest piers pre-date the Victorian age.

Tuesday, 3 May 2005



Returning home, I find my parents
rebuilding the house.
The mouth of my childhood is wide open!
and a dentist in a hard hat
is chiselling at my milk teeth.
I take off my metaphors,
wipe my images on the tongue
and walk inside
where my parents are covered in dust -
‘It’s not what it looks like!’
they insist, but I break down
and land in a heap of nostalgia.
Where now, other than the photographs,
will I take refuge from a world
so intent on change?
And where now, more importantly,
will they erect the blue plaque?.



I’ve behaved as badly as I can
today bobbing in and out
of Jacket and coffee and games
of pool that I can never take
seriously and always end up
lampooning with a Buster Keaton
impression usually getting up
on top of the table and putting
rather than potting but I can
honestly say that tomorrow
I too will get a job and become
far more attractive.


A thousand barbecues, ignite!
I’ve never seen this town so alive,
everyone has been spilled.

Here on the Esplanade,
they’re taking off their coats
one at a time -
yes, the coastline is

The new neighbours seize the moment
and wash their car -
they have the cleanest car in England
and I know them now by their wet distorted faces.
They know me better, perhaps
better than anyone,
they’ve seen me dancing through the window.