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Andrew Fusek Peters

Updated: Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:47 pm

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25 years experience as a performance poet, appearing in schools, festivals {Hay, Cheltenham, Edinburgh} here and abroad. Over 100 books published, two recordings for the Poetry Archive. Poems have appeared on Poetry Please, Words and Music {Radio 3}, Talking Poetry {Radio 4/5}. Best of my poems Mad, Bad and Dangerously Haddock published by Lion. Last collection Leaves Are Like Traffic Lights published by Salt. "Andrew Fusek Peters’ poems, like the man himself, have always been great performers — they make you stop and listen. These new poems do all that and more. They make you listen and look, look at the natural world around you. And they leave you thinking when they go." Philip Gross Currently working on a new book of animal poems to be illustrated by artist Catherine Hyde. Also writing political poems, recently in response to the insanity of gun laws in the USA.


HARE PIECE Crows are conjuring the dusk. The moon’s a bitten bit of rusk. Buzzard sings her mewing cry, Prowling, feathered cat-of-sky And there among the winter beet I’m given grace, a priceless treat For tired, telescopic eyes: Two hares, and then to my surprise They stand, each balanced like a boy Their stance a circus trick of joy. They push out paws, begin to fight, A furry flash of grey and white, Such a bold and brave display As on hind legs they swerve and sway, Ears stuck up like lollipops, I breathe too loud, the battle stops. They turn to statues cut from bark. I blink. They sprint into the dark, Leaving me to simply stare At a dream no longer there. Oh what delights this world unlocks To let me see two hares that box. {Leaves Are Like Traffic Lights, Salt Publishing}

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Andrew Peters

Sun 6th Jan 2013 19:00

thanks Ann, that's very kind - we have hares living up the hill from us - but to see them boxing two winters ago during a dusk walk, was a real gift - now I just have to see the trout swimming and jumping upstream in our village on their spawning journey - that would be a treat!

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Ann Foxglove

Thu 3rd Jan 2013 16:50

Hi Andrew - welcome to WOL. I like your poem about the boxing hares. I've never seen a hare - its one of my life's ambitions!

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