John Netting is a poet who lives in North Wales. He was educated at St Asaph Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he read English. He has spent most of his working life buying and selling paintings, finally returning to matters literary in December 2015. He believes that poetry should strive to reach the parts that prose can't. He feels no shame at showing the influence of earlier poets, and deplores the deliberate isolation from the past seen in much "establishment" verse today. He admires the work of William Blake, G M Hopkins, T S Eliot and (especially) Sylvia Plath. His other interests are horses; dogs; reading (mostly historical); painting and paintings (especially mid to late 20c abstracts and abstract-landscapes); Georgian and some modernist glass. He has been a widower since September 2015.
RIDING Still undawn distances, their sibilance. Soft clop through gloam of unshod hooves that muffle into mud. Faint blackberryers we pass back spectrally to black. They switch off their torches. For us no mad orgasmic gallop over plough exploding into wheat - we plod to the pale of a hidden thridding. We skirt deep puddles mirroring their firsts of red, cleave to the long left woodland - its rising carbon mist, riot of root-twist, fantasy of fungus. Shattering of sky. Pilgrims autonomic - we reach the shut reach, that of the isolate eye. John Netting 21 November 2016 THE FIRST YEAR'S TURNING You have now a year been gone - and I detained, a thrall to time's atrocity. I fear the brittling of leaf, leaf-vein, sap's rallentando - more, I fear oblivion of memories. My remaindering delays a possible another spring. I will hope, and try to keep you, try to hold you clear in mind - and on the random wildwind strain to hear old notes maintain the glory of your voice, your name. But I have a sick dread of a fading, of a live unravelling, of an arriving at the river decomplete, in holes, web-thin, disqualified and ticketless - my mirror imageless, my map to find you gone. John Netting 22 October 2016
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