Very excited to let everyone know that my second poetry pamphlet will be published by the wonderful Hedgehog Poetry Press on 5 July 2021.
The Machinery of Life tries to answer the age-old question – what is love?
A question that has fascinated scientists, philosophers, historians, playwrights, novelists, songwriters and poets for centuries. Well, this pamphlet of 23 poems of love may or may not answer the question, but it does offer some ‘romantic’ food for thought. The poems show love in many forms – as chaos and addiction, serious and fun. The poems try to convey the message that love can be the real thing, can be be peaceful, comforting and at times exhilarating.
On more than one occasion there are a few fleeting appearances from Eros and some of the other stars of Greek mythology. There is some philosophy, a smattering of humour, some self-deprecation (I had to be careful how I wrote that) and a bit of under the sheets risqué. Along the way it becomes clear that love is a splendid thing!
The Machinery of Life shows that love takes many forms and can be expressed in a variety of ways, it does not all have to be a cliché, wine and roses, gushing sonnets and stary eyes. It shows that love can be elegant and it can be punk rock. It illustrates that no one should be afraid to show their love, even if the way they choose to do so is not considered the romantic way.
The Machinery of Life may not give any one the answer to the question – what is love? But it may start to answer the question – what’s love got to do with it?
love has everything to do with it, it is after all The Machinery of Life.
I will post details on how to get a copy soon, as well as details of a launch event!
Today is armistice day, 100 years since the end of WW1, the war to end all wars!
At 11.11am The Hedgehog Press (@hedgehogpoetry) is publishing a collection of poems to mark the event, it is called – Other People’s Freedoms – you can find it here www.hedgehogpress.co.uk and donations go to The Royal British Legion @PoppyLegion.