Technological Change, Art, Music and the Human Mind (R11)


One-dimensional Thinking In One-dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse argues that technological change undermines the true substance of art: the easy availability of its products and their subsequent manipulation, universality of access, the general dumbing down of processes, the seeming ordinariness of ‘how to do it’, crowd mentality, psychological analysis… And the concrete manifestations of technological effect […]

WHY WRITE POEMS? (R12+)


As a theme for presenting a keynote address to a local poetry group this summer I chose to look back over sixty years of my own making of poems. The result was something like what follows and the presentation of a small book of Selected Poems which is available free to anybody who might choose […]

CASTLE GNATS & WORMS (R7)


I wonder if anybody else in the world, except Michael Frayn and myself, remembers Gasbag’s [Mr Brady, Irish] English classes at Kingston Grammar School; he was one of the many great eccentrics there under whose spell I fell one way and another. One day, without telling us what the purpose was, he set us, for […]

Two Mid-winter Poems


these last few nights of clear skies & sudden gusts of wind when the moon has been more or less full on the dozing fields I am haunted by a question posed by the title of a book I’ve been reading: who built the moon? it sails around my midnight drawbridge up there outside the […]

Romanian Idyll (R10)


In September 1994 I went to Romania to attend an International Haiku Conference. It was a very memorable time. wanting to pocket the sound of this Black Sea dawn I must turn my back The highlight for me was a performance of two of my musical settings of haiku by David Cobb and James Kirkup. […]

Poems – Spring 2013


              on an afternoon walk to Oddicombe Slope one ‘Monday the 7th’ in the 1930’s— sat at ease on a sandy bank in his holiday suit and polished boots   adjacent to a clump of spur valerian comfortable veined hands clasped like mine now sometimes with a balding smirk for […]

UNIQUE (R10)


The Previous Glob The Glob before this one, called Follow Your Bliss, had a sub-headline ‘Each of Us is a Completely Unique Creature…’ a quotation from the chapter entitled ‘The Hero’s Adventure’ in Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth. His fundamental belief is that we are all unique in the way that we are heroes—but […]