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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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poemagraphic

Sat 23rd May 2020 18:13

You are indeed a dark horse of many colors

Pony that walks running...

Be Well
Po

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poemagraphic

Tue 19th May 2020 20:53

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poemagraphic

Thu 14th May 2020 18:12

Keith your comments here from others say so much about what you do and how much you inspire so many of us.

I will copy my recent reply to a post you just made on my latest blog entry...

"Keith, I so often think my words are pointless, are futile, are just merely doggerel in its true state.

It is hard to work with that acronym KISS and not look simple and or silly.

Your comments actually mean far more than your words alone can convey.

I have started to use 'Grammarly' and often it will suggest I make my musings differ to obey its algorithms'

My spelling and grammar have retarded my progress in motivating inspiring and comforting others for decades.

It will tell me monthly that I have used perhaps 80% more new words than all its users have used.

It is not the words nor the spelling that is important Keith it is the message and the sentiment behind them in my book... (of as yet unpublished and un broadcasted rhymes, and musings).

That truly now is in the process of change... As I have eluded to your self and a few others.

Thank you for your continued support and encouraging comments... To myself and so many here at WOL
Po

d.knape

Sun 10th May 2020 11:59

a volcano huh?
that is really neat.
write a red hot poem!

d.knape

Mon 4th May 2020 00:46

we had so much spring rain
the flowers are literally gushing
forth, they sing of happiness
can't you tell?

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Hannah Collins

Wed 29th Apr 2020 17:44

Thank you Keith for your comment on my poem She Said.
I enjoyed reading what you had to say so much and have left a further comment to you on the blog.

Hannah

d.knape

Wed 22nd Apr 2020 23:05

In your photo
are you searching the hills
for old poems?
if you are searching
for old poets,
you found one
here.

wink.

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Philipos

Sat 18th Apr 2020 10:14

Keith your very welcome comment actually arrived before the tweaking - but was nevertheless very welcomed - the concept of it had been niggling away for some time. Blessings. P 👍

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Mark O

Sun 29th Mar 2020 06:20

Thank you for your kind comment and the warm welcome!

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Joe Williams

Sat 28th Mar 2020 16:45

Thanks Keith, I'm glad you liked the poem. When I wrote it, I of course had no idea what we'd be going through a year later, though I think there's a sense of anxiety in the poem which hints at hard times approaching. Inadvertently prophetic, perhaps.

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Philipos

Fri 27th Mar 2020 19:31

Thank you for commenting on ALAS - good job that it didn't really happen - but I did actually lose someone quite close once, in a car incident. 👍

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Abdul Ahmad

Wed 18th Mar 2020 11:24

Hello Keith

Thank you for your kind comments on "The drop of water that made the Silver Birch blush".

Your profiles makes compelling reading of the varied and interesting life you have led. Your lifes experiences has moulded you into a rounded and caring human being.

Abdul Ahmad

d.knape

Sun 15th Mar 2020 10:17

I always look forward to your comments
because you always have something good to say.
You have somehow got the idea that these offerings
are real poems.
With some remedial therapy,
you should snap out of it
and get back to living
a normal life.

wink.

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Philipos

Fri 13th Mar 2020 21:41

Keith - Morris dancers - thanks for the like - have been trying to encapsulate the ethos of this historic practice for quite some time - not sure why but it was an oddity in our society I needed to address - so your encouraging remarks are especially valued. P. 👍

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Philipos

Sun 23rd Feb 2020 23:40

Tongues - thanks Keith - appreciated. P

d.knape

Sun 23rd Feb 2020 21:23


If you have eaten Spam
you are Contagious
avoid human contact
but...you can still use Write Out Loud!
😃

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.

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