I am the editor of The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, and I also talk and write on poetics. I write poetry that attempts to combine Anglo-Saxon poetics with Modernist vers libre. My main influences are William Carlos Williams, William Barnes, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Maggie O'Sullivan, Bill Griffiths, James Clarence Mangan, William Morris, and Benjamin Thorpe. My poetry has been published in Parameter Magazine, Lamport Court and Poetry Salzburg Review.
Murray's Mill We drain the last dregs of the weekend, you and I. Washed down with Tsingtaos and Marlboros, outside a Northern quarter bar. Another smoker, someone we\'ve never met before, informs us that Murray's Mill, where Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary smiled, is being converted into apartments. You smile while you exhale smoke into a low Autumnal sun: 'but the mortality rate at Murray's Mill Was higher than Dachau’. THE INVERSION OF DECADENCE Rousseau's spread open, as (he) surely should (be), binding cracked (and) pages gummed (to) circular beery marks. We expel plumes of smoke (from) Lucky Strikes that expound (in) paisley curls of ethereal blue about (the) Chartist bar (of old) like the blood (of self) sacrifice in a clear Kinder Scout pool. I drink Bitter, you (drink) rum and coke.
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