oblivion: 200 seasons of pain & magic AVAILABLE NOW!
an ekphrastic prose poem originally written for the Rattle’s Ekphrastic Facebook group.
‘Beneath the Gravel Weight of Stars’ & the Beat mythology of the supertramp
What songs sing the sorrow of homelessness from Ginsberg’s metaphoric hydrogen jukebox? Such mythology of the heavenly liberated hobo is often drawn from, for example, W.H. Davies (1871-1940) – the original supertramp. Davies, Newport, Wales-born wanderer of America, who famously settled in Gloucestershire, was frowned upon by Muse Colony of Frost (1874-1963), Lascelles Abercrombie (1881-1938),…
Kerouac & Suffering
This article is based on a talk prepared for a reading in Oxford to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Beat Generation author and poet, Jack Kerouac (March 12 2022). Delivered as a review and introductory essay on the nature of suffering in Jack’s work, selections are made from a variety of texts for…
available for readings
I read at Blackwell’s in Oxford for the centenary of Jack Kerouac’s birth in March 2022 and have appeared in numerous National Beat Poetry Foundation readings. My local safe place to land is the Gloucestershire Poetry Society‘s Crafty Crows, but I’m also a member of the Dean Writers Circle. pm me via Facey if you’re interested in me doing a reading set.
You can find my tribute to Jack Kerouac in issue #23 of the brilliant Beatdom magazine alongside work by Kerouac biographer, Gerald Nicosia and inimitable Ryan Matthews among others.
I’m working on a collection of Haiku, a Beat travelogue (Beat in Big Sur & Beat in Berlin), the best of BeatSurreal (which includes new work I’ve curated from a whole new range of outlaw poets and next-Gen Beat poets) and a follow-up to OBLIVION, currently going under the working title of ‘Turning Leaves’ (with a Forest of Dean/Wye Valley long poem, new Beat poets and the completion of my Words from Wyeth cycle which began way back in mid-90s’).