This is just to let you know that I have had a little go at simplifying and improving this website. The blog works just as it always did and still gives you new poems and a searchable archive of all the old ones, together with recordings of them all. You can now use the tabs above to navigate to the Books, Events and Home pages which have all been updated. There is a new page (also clickable on the tabs above called ‘Interviews‘ which gathers in one place links to various interviews I have given about my work, life and faith, particularly to the sequence of interviews on Lancia Smith’s excellent website Cultivating The True The Good and the Beautiful.
The other new thing is that I now have a dedicated email address for any enquiries about readings, lectures or performances, which is firstname.lastname@example.org and can be found permanently on the Home Page. I hope these simplifications and improvements will be helpful.
In other news, here is a poem about cheese (and poetry)! As usual you can hear the poem by clicking on the title or the ‘play’ button.
‘The Poets Have Been Mysteriously Silent About Cheese’ GK Chesterton
Poets have been silent about cheese
Because whilst every subject is the message,
Cheese is the very medium of their work.
We drink in language with our mothers milk,
But poets curdle words until they bite,
With substance and a flavour of their own:
So Donne is sharp and Geoffrey Hill is sour,
Larkin ascerbic, Tennyson has power
(But only taken late at night with port.)
,I like them all and sample every sort
From creamy Keats with his ‘mossed cottage trees’,
Tasting the words themselves like cottage cheese,
To Eliot, difficult, in cold collations,
Crumbling, and stuffed with other folk’s quotations.