REMEMBERING JAMES KIRKUP – PART ONE (R13+)


The Railway Bridge after a painting by Brooke Farrar There he stands, the well-known figure Of the total stranger with his back Towards me, leaning on the parapet Of the secure suburban bridge. He stares along the permanent, white Summer rails, the expanding iron thoughts That curve into perspective, signalling The distance and himself, and […]

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 […]

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. […]

On the Art of Non-wording (R7)


Why do we spend so much time putting things into words? Stick with this till the end and you’ll find out what the practical implications of asking such a question are and why non-wording might be useful. The Art of Non-wording may help the words you use and what you hear of the words of […]