REMEMBERING JAMES KIRKUP – PART TWO (R13+)


My dear old friend James swam into my more-than-conscious mind yet again on the 19/20th January 2017 in London when I was privileged to be present at a monumental performance by Ian Pace of Michael Finnissy’s five hour masterpiece The History of Photography in Sound. James is one of the poets recorded/celebrated/memorialised in Chapter Six […]

HAIKU SYNCHRONICITY (R11)


I was on a train to London the other day. Sitting opposite & next to me were a couple of blokes on their way to Twickenham to watch a rugby match. When they’d run out of their own conversation about things happening in the construction industry, the more obviously affable of the two turned to […]

A Graphic Musical Score (R13+)


I’m looking foward to going to the COMA Summer School in August 2015 to enjoy a week of music-making and listenings as I have done since 2006. When I joined COMA it was an acronym for Contemporary Music for Amateurs (which is what I am) – the name has been changed to Contemporary Music for […]

Haiku and Well-being (R13+)


Writing Proper Haiku Affects the Way You Are in the World In their Mutative Metaphors in Psychotherapy (1994), Cox & Theilgaard offer brilliant insights into the way that conventional poetry can be used to stimulate the seamless progress of formally therapeutic interventions; they describe how very skilled operators can use poetry & drama in their […]

One Hundred Haiku (August 2014 – February 2015)


sometimes wishing that God was real – this temple to the spirit (St Peter’s Colchester) * the light through the arched window green as the tree outside * digging deep to find the roots of summer bonfires * thrice starting to tell his life story – three times they return to theirs * four ceramic […]