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John Eliot

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The truth of poet John Eliot is that he was born in Leicester, UK. He was the son of a school secretary and factory labourer. He attended a grammar school in Leicester where he played on the bones of Richard III. John became a teacher and taught Religious Studies in the South West of England. He now shares his time between France and Wales. John has one collection of poetry published, Ssh, by Mosaique Press available from all the obvious places. A new collection will be available soon. August 2015


St Augustine Grass I believed we'd been waiting for the rain; yellow parched St Augustine grass. I could hear stalks drinking, swallowing, fresh water. Gift from the sky to the sound of grass, he was deaf, he said. Tuneless as an old gong. We no longer listen to the same song. Understanding the sound of grass and Philip Glass is the sound of madness. The moment was disturbed. The magic broken. Love lost. And the rain ceased. Jane On Bradgate Moor, where Jane lies slain, grey ashes remain still, lingering as the wind blows on the empty hill. Unmoving, the spirit of my Father watches sun rise, moon set, birth and death. Beheaded trees, no branches to reach. Green leaves sigh lament October chrysanthemums cluster. The spirit lingers as we climb these rocks, carrying death in an urn: our burden. Scattering ashes; resting in peace, united, Mother Father. And Jane? She stays.

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John Eliot

Tue 3rd Jun 2014 12:39

Just joined, David.
And what would we do without Miles?
I have a lot of his cds from different periods.

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David Cooke

Tue 3rd Jun 2014 12:29

Thanks for the comment on 'Miles'. Didn't know you were here, John!

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John Eliot

Tue 3rd Jun 2014 11:01

Thank you for the welcome, Graham.

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Graham Sherwood

Tue 3rd Jun 2014 10:12

Hello John

Welcome to Write Out Loud.

I hope you enjoy the site. We're really looking forward to reading some of your work and I know that you will be warmly welcomed by other WOL-ers too.

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Have a good browse around, there’s lots going on and if you have the time to make some comments about the work of other poets please feel free. It’s the best way to get some constructive feedback about your own work too.
There’s always someone who’ll help you out with a problem, so just ask and someone will get back to you. It’s a friendly place, so welcome once again.

Graham Sherwood

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