This website provides an ongoing collection on resources, articles and critical rants regarding the true nature of English poetry over 1,300 years. It addresses the question ‘What is poetry?’ It deals primarily with matters of metre and rhythm in poetry, and with ‘free verse’, which I consider to be a different sort of writing.Continue reading
I was born and raised in Sussex. My father was an ordained clergyman and writer, my mother once accompanied the American singer Paul Robeson, on the piano. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. We were brought up both in a Sussex country parish and within an organisation first founded by our father in South London in the 1930’s.Continue reading
I am a maker of poems, tunes and songs. I am also a performer of English poetry – from the present day back to its earliest written beginnings in Anglo-Saxon times. I deliver English poetry so far as possible in its original tomes, dialects and rhythms.Continue reading
ON THE NATURE OF POETRY AND POEMS
A Poetician’s Manifesto I use the term ‘poetician’ to indicate an interest in ‘poetics’ and ‘prosody’ – and in this case, an interest also in the politics of English poetry at the present time’.