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Here you will find photographs, poems, a small selection of previously unpublished short fiction and a few examples of my illustrated poetry.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: 15-04-18 & 16-04-18

13 poems added to the Poetry & Prose pages
Featured poem changed
1 poem added to the Guest Poets pages (Ernest Sheppard)

Featured poem:

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, CONSULT YOUR GP

I went to the doctor
my heart full of hope
for a warm, kindly word
and a keen stethoscope

sure he’d make me feel better
determine the cause
of my various symptoms
and see health restored

All my confidence waned
as he slumped in his chair
for he looked rather bored
like he didn’t much care

Then he wrote a prescription
and showed me the door
my ten minutes was up
it was all he’d afford

Well, the pills did no good
and his surgery’s booked
for at least the next month
so my goose will be cooked

if I don’t get some help
just to deal with the stress
tender mercy’s fresh out
in today’s NHS

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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.

News:

The following poem is taken from Geoffrey Winch's latest collection, West Abutment Mirror Images. See details below.

THE SUN REMINDS ME

time exists
permits history to exist
enables the future
and so the present arrives
but only at its predetermined time

hi-fi digits
light-up my mobile and microwave
seemingly with static time –
they move without emotion
they are not real time –
they merely measure
with precision
the length of every second,
every minute –
they are counters-of-time

they are not really a clock
with its hands on time –
hands able to choose any time
they think they’d like to tell;
that can manipulate time by
stretching my minutes to hours,
compressing my days into
fleeting recollections

a real clock will stop my time
at random – on a whim;
a real clock is comfortable
about gauging life – tells me
at a glance how long I have,
how long I’ve had – but
every day the sun reminds me
it is in command of time:
clocks may do as they please

West Abutment Mirror Images is published by OriginalPlus and can be purchased through their website – http://thesamsmith.webs.com/originalpluschapbooks.htm. – or signed copies can be purchased direct from the author – Geoffrey Winch, Dolphin Cottage, 65 Downview Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 8JA. Payment: Cheque to the value of £4.40 (including P&P) payable to G. D. Winch please.

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HORACE’S ODES
AND THE
MYSTERY
OF DO-RE-MI


Recently, and via chance correspondence with its author, Stuart Lyons, I was encouraged to buy a copy of the above book. It is both an acclaimed work of translation (a Financial Times book choice in 1996) and an engrossing detective story tracing the roots of lyric verse and the invention of the Do-Re-Mi musical scale. For those who read and/or write lyrical poetry, and ‘hear’ the musicality of poetic phrasing, it provides, perhaps, the confirmation that there is an historically documented trail that links the disciplines. It is a history lesson for all poets everywhere, and reassuring in the sense that Horace himself predicted his achievements would long outlive him. For a Roman songwriter and entertainer who died in 8 BC to have his works translated and read more than two thousand years later, this must surely have exceeded his wildest dreams.

Published by Aris & Phillips, an imprint of Oxbow Books, Horace’s Odes and the Mystery of Do-Re-Mi is available through Amazon.

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Friend and guest poet Geoffrey Winch has published his fourth collection of poetry.
Alchemy of Vision is published by Indigo Dreams and can be purchased through their website
www.indigodreams.co.uk, also available via Amazon, Waterstones and other online book retailers.
Anyone wishing to buy a signed copy direct from the author can contact him as follows:
Geoffrey Winch, Dolphin Cottage, 65 Downview Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 8JA
Payment: Cheque value £9.45 (includes P&P) payable to GD Winch, please.

Themed around the Arts, this collection encompasses a wide variety of subjects and interpretations: large and small, famous and lesser-known. Presented rather like a gallery of eclectic exhibits, there is a lot to look at and much to learn. And there's something for everyone to relate to, to think about, and to take away with them.

Four poems from the collection now appear on Geoffrey's guest page: Jazz Stripes by a Water's Edge; Home-Hunter; Negatively Charged; Standing Lion. These can only give a flavour of this so- carefully presented volume, with its iconic cover image. A truly class act.

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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
ISBN 978-1-907401-36-7
Please buy this book, help Macmillan Cancer Support, and enjoy some wonderful poetry.

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Poetry & Prose

Confessional (Poetry)
15th April 2018
Book Rest (Poetry)
15th April 2018
Going To Ground (Poetry)
15th April 2018
Brief Interlude (Poetry)
15th April 2018
May Morning (Poetry)
15th April 2018
Chelsea Girl (Poetry)
15th April 2018
Green Rising (Poetry)
30th March 2018
Before & After (Poetry)
23rd January 2018
No Sanctuary (Poetry)
29th December 2017
Sterile (Poetry)
01st December 2017
Acolyte (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Doldrums (Poetry)
27th August 2017
The Darling Bud (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Seer (Poetry)
27th August 2017
An Awful Attempt (Poetry)
27th August 2017
The Craft (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Dear Belovéd (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Finding Grace (Poetry)
27th August 2017
The Old Ceremony (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Fence (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Lovespeak (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Hang On To Hope (Poetry)
27th August 2017
Wide Horizons (Poetry)
27th August 2017
All Winter Long (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Enigma Variations (Poetry)
06th August 2017
The Rebel (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Grave Thoughts (Poetry)
06th August 2017
36 Snowflakes (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Sprite (Poetry)
06th August 2017
The Time Is Now (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Other (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Invisible (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Anniversary (Poetry)
06th August 2017
Therapy (Poetry)
06th August 2017