Welcome to my website!
Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry. If you would like to leave a message or a comment you can use the comment forms beneath each of the photos in the Gallery, the Contact link or the Guestbook.
I am happily married to writer and photographer Simon John Harvey.
Site last updated: 14-07-14
24 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
1 poem added to the Gothic Fish page
Featured Poem changed
BATTERED ANGELS, SHOPPING
Fifty if she was a day —
Dressed for the July heat —
white cotten vest, faded denims
grubby canvas deck shoes
made the look complete.
That, and a rash of bruises, red-blue
Untoned, her summer body
showed off its flab —
revealed the tattooed wings
eagle-spread across her back
the blurry feathers on her shoulder blades
drooping, grey and sad.
Then he appeared
round the corner of an aisle —
a matching battered husband
with a freshly-blackened eye
as though from some fierce fight —
a souvenir perhaps of last night’s
weekly one-too-many brawls —
both damaged in the ruck.
The couple had that worn-out biker mien —
Hells Angels gone to seed
but hanging on...
their wheels a shopping cart
poor cornering a handicap —
the glamour of the Harley a lost dream.
There are a lot more poems and some short stories on the 'Poetry and Prose' and 'Poetry for Kids' pages. Just click the button on the main navigation bar.
My poem Hope's Flame (see here) appears in SOUL FEATHERS — a poetry anthology published in February 2011 by Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd to aid the work of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The compilation contains the work of many internationally-known names including Carol Ann Duffy, Bob Dylan, Seamus Heaney, Maya Angelou, Benjamin Zephaniah, Leonard Cohen and Sharon Olds alongside both established and first time poets, all brought together in support of the cause.
Based on the theme of Hope, and taking inspiration from lines written by Emily Dickinson —
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune -- without the words
And never stops at all”
— the poems in SOUL FEATHERS share, and compare, the common experience. The editors have done a superb job, and I am very proud to have a poem of mine in such good company.
SOUL FEATHERS is available from www.indigodreamsbookshop.com
Also from Central Books 0845 458 9910
Please buy this book, help Macmillan Cancer Support, and enjoy some wonderful poetry.
(Just click on the image below)