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keith jeffries

Updated: Sun, 12 Jan 2020 08:20 am

moganero_22@outlook.es

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Biography

Born in Warwickshire, England Brought up and educated in Lancashire Served in HM Forces for ten years Now live in Northamptonshire, England Interests: Writing, Poetry, Photography, Painting with Pastels, Peace & Justice, International Relations, British & European History, The Classics, Ignatian Spirituality and other Spiritualities, The Slav Composers, Contemplation, Meditation and my two dogs. Work: Spiritual Direction & Writing In many ways I have discovered my true self which has been a very illuminating experience. After a life of conformity I am now free to express myself and find poetry a means to achieve this. I believe conformity robs us of our individuality. To write prose, poetry, to paint or compose music we need to be completely liberated otherwise we produce what other people want to hear or see and not what we want to say or achieve. I am passionately opposed to any form of prejudice as I consider it to be one of the greatest evils of humankind. I am an activist for peace and justice. As poetry is a highly subjective genre I am reminded by a friend of mine, who is a professional photographer and artist, that one´s poems need no introduction or explanation. They should be open to interpretation only. I wonder how other poets view this. I welcome all constructive criticism as I often feel the need for some direction. Thank you In April 2019 I had a book published which is entitled "Solitary Reflections", a compilation of poetry and prose. I recommend this to my friends and fellow poets. It has already received and excellent review from a well known North Country poet, Jon Darby, also a member of Write Out Loud. I include his review and a link for those of you who would like to buy a copy of this book. Thank you. Keith Jeffries "Solitary Reflections" review by Jon Darby I was so excited to receive my copy of “Solitary Reflections” in the post just last week. It looks and feels like a premium title that would sit comfortably in any bookshop. Keith Jeffries, the author, is a prolific poet on “Write Out Loud” which is where I first discovered his work, his friendship and his invaluable comments on my own and others poetry. Keith’s writing echoes his fascinating worldwide travels and a career that has seen him serve in both the armed forces and as an ordained priest in the Anglican church. As the foreword says, this book could be used meditation style, especially as it covers big life themes such as War (the stunning “Shot” on page 41 is a standout for me), Religion/Faith (page 62’s wonderful “C of E” which is thoughtful, humorous and irreverent) and Sexuality (“Faces in Shadows”, page 167, a fascinating account of a time before legislation, when gay life had to be lived secretly.) Many other topics are covered, too many to mention individually, but Solitary Reflections is essentially a blunt, humorous, thoughtful and intelligent collection of fine poetry. There are six short stories to finish off, my favourite being the beautifully conveyed “Dancing Classes”. Treat yourself, a loved one or a friend to a copy. I already have". https://www.feedaread.com/books/Solitary-Reflections-9781788768023.aspx

Samples

Faces in Shadows In the furtive light of dusk blurred figures in constant motion some homeward bound with purposeful gait of intent other lone figures who welcome the night delay wandering with predatory delight who live on the fringes of light Day has gone yet they remain those few who are not the same Light diminishes in intensity in a few it awakens urgent necessity They roam alone in the gloom in search of a friend with a room Faces brush by with suspicious ease glances which betray a sensual tease Hands touch, expressions beckon often all is accomplished in a second Night seduces its predators on to secluded corners of fun Havens of passion, soon are reached as fumbling gropings surge unleashed Bated breath with gasps of relief done as if a skulking thief Moments too precious to secure times of heated passion do procure Soon to rejoin those with gait renewed to homes where nought is so lewd Nights of love hastily grasped now long since passed Replaced by neon light now do lure have made the Faces more secure (A Cameo of gay life in the UK prior to legalisation)

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Comments

d.knape

Wed 19th Feb 2020 02:58

it's called "Second Childhood".
good night.

d.knape

Tue 18th Feb 2020 15:02

thanks Keith.
Re: Cow Sheds,
that was written after a trip to Austin.
What used to be farmland is now wall to wall pavement.
civilization is not civil anymore.

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Philipos

Mon 17th Feb 2020 08:44

Keith - appreciated your very detailed and insightful comments on the Merseyside poem. How life whizzed by eh. P.

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Philipos

Sun 16th Feb 2020 21:30

Keith - Memories of Merseyside - so grateful for the approbation. P. 👍

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Philipos

Sat 15th Feb 2020 23:44

Hi Keith and many thanks for the excellent on Squeaky Shoes. 👍

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Philipos

Fri 14th Feb 2020 23:09

Keith - Contagion, muchly obliged for the encouraging response. I just take the figurative mind pen out of its box, remembering one commentator who thought punctuation was sometimes inhibiting. 👍 P.

d.knape

Fri 14th Feb 2020 03:59

with "Puttin' On The Socks"
I have taken a step backward.
I'm sorry for the poem
and the reader!
😃

d.knape

Wed 12th Feb 2020 00:16

I am flabbergasted at your response to "Caves".
I am even more flabbergasted that you continue
to come to my page and read my poems.
I appreciate that sincerely.
You are a kind man
with kind words.

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Tom

Tue 11th Feb 2020 12:25

Hi Keith, I just wanted to say thanks for all the thoughtful and insightful comments you post on my work. I do really appreciate it. Tom.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 5th Feb 2020 18:25

Hi Keith - your comment on "Globes" got me thinking about the
Wordsworth anniversary (WOL news item) and the result has just
been uploaded.
Cheers,
MC

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Philipos

Wed 5th Feb 2020 09:21

Keith - Globes - appreciate the encouraging response. Thanks. P 👍

d.knape

Tue 4th Feb 2020 13:31

Thanks Keith.
How are things in Sunny Spain?
I hear you are having storms.
Take heart-
take warm socks
as you seek shelter from the storm
of life.

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Philipos

Sat 1st Feb 2020 20:04

Keith - Wartime Merseyside - thank you so much for the Like and comments - much appreciated. P.

d.knape

Sun 19th Jan 2020 21:57

They do.
but a few die-hards like me, still get the morning newspaper.
I would hate to see them go away completely.
Wouldn't we miss the paper
as much as the morning cup of coffee?
I still believe in tradition
long may it live.

d.knape

Mon 13th Jan 2020 03:16

I am entering
my second childhood.
it's more fun
the second time around.

wink.

d.knape

Tue 29th Oct 2019 21:19

"may cause Drowsiness" was just a fun poem.
no inner deep meaning. Just a poke at "non-drowsy meds
and ...Myself.

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Tom

Mon 14th Oct 2019 11:06

Thanks for the comment on The Way I Write, Keith.

The poem was inspired backwards, it was thinking about those potential friends you cross paths with occasionally and wish you'd got to find out the story you feel there is between you (but for whatever reason don't get chance). It struck me that I feel the same way about some of the poem titles I've been dragging along with me for months or years; so sure that there is a poem there somewhere.

I can relate to your description of how inspiration can strike and how there can be langurs between those moments. I also love those times when you put pen to paper without any prior inspiration and suddenly find that you have poem fully formed right there. Though, those times are fewer and farther between.

Regardless, thank you for sharing your process. I really hope other people might too. Tom.

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Fred Nicholson

Sun 13th Oct 2019 23:45

Thank you keith.

I also get a sense of fear when experiencing 'Crunches'. If you choose to, please share some of the other meanings that have come to you.

Your experience may expand mine.

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Fred Nicholson

Thu 10th Oct 2019 21:32

Keith, I hear you loud and clear and thank you for commenting on my 'Color Matters'.

As long as there is belief in 'the other', it will always be an enigma of sorts. Sages, healers, guiding spirits all talk about the 'oneness of life, love, matter, the flow beneath appearance.
Continued belief in the 3-dimensional realm, prevents us from knowing oneness of being. Some of us dart in and out of knowing. Some of us may never know. Maybe the Dalai Lama has a foot in each world continuously.

Keith, that is my simple take on this matter.

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Philipos

Sun 6th Oct 2019 16:10

Glad you liked the poem about thunder etc. 😃

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Chrystel Roberts

Wed 2nd Oct 2019 22:39

Haha Keith,

'ausgezeichnet sounds like a death sentence'...indeed!

d.knape

Fri 27th Sep 2019 04:40

i always look forward to your comments.
I also wonder why you even read my poems.
you have more insight than i.
a better eye, if you will.

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Tom

Wed 25th Sep 2019 14:36

Thanks for your comments on 'POWER LINES' Keith, much appreciated as always.

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Tommy Carroll

Mon 23rd Sep 2019 18:07

re "The Wild Woods"

Keith, shaken but not... never mind 😉

Don, %depends 😏

Ruth, Campari is but a delight 🤔😛

Tommy

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Chrystel Roberts

Sun 15th Sep 2019 16:17

Hey Keith,

"Who is this boy?" lol! But seriously, I totally agree with you: children learn the most important lessons outside the classroom.

Keep smiling,

d.knape

Thu 12th Sep 2019 23:37

thanks again Keith. not sure if this can qualify as a poem.
more like a rant. but i think people empathize with the
the statements.
(I forgot to mention the frisking business that goes on,
the stripping of belts and shoes
pockets and pride.

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keith jeffries

Wed 4th Sep 2019 09:26

d.k.,

Thank you for your wise and well thought out comment.

Keith

d.knape

Wed 4th Sep 2019 02:52

people who use children
to fight their wars for them,
strapping explosives to their chests
are not Freedom Fighters.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 1st Sep 2019 23:31

Hi Keith, no I'm not flaming, it was then and not now now. ?

Hi Jason, I think 'moving on' and scorch-marks says it .

Hi Ruth, I think the 'positive spin' echos Kieth's point, not wrong just behind my shoulder as I turn away.

Thank you all xxx

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Chrystel Roberts

Wed 28th Aug 2019 21:58

Very true.

Plus, the fact that it is illegal only makes it more attractive to our younger population...

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