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keith jeffries

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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 ,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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Laura Taylor

Tue 23rd Apr 2019 13:49

Thanks for your note on The Ties That Bind, Keith. Wrote itself really quickly, funnily enough 😉

d.knape

Sun 21st Apr 2019 11:24

thanks Keith for your review of "Restaurant"
i was surprised you thought so highly of it.
it was just another simple poem
that somehow meandered
into a restaurant.

d.knape

Sat 20th Apr 2019 12:08

So YOU are the Sleepy Head.
Actually I get up at 4-5am
to get my poems into WOL,
a 6 hour difference.

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 20th Apr 2019 11:10

thanks for the comment on 'AmericaZ' Keith - glad you liked it 😃

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keith jeffries

Fri 19th Apr 2019 14:50

d.k., I always turn my computer off before going to bed to avoid any such inappropriate behaviour Sometimes they can get quite loud.
Keith

d.knape

Fri 19th Apr 2019 12:29

emojis drive you crazy? me too.
but...they're everywhere.
i think they breed at night, in the computer.

d.knape

Wed 17th Apr 2019 23:35

your response was well thought out and well-said!
In fact your response was better than the poem itself.
I like your thought about us being Rememberers.
so true.

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keith jeffries

Wed 17th Apr 2019 21:25

d.k.,

I am waiting to be called. Then you will see the fireworks.

Keith

d.knape

Wed 17th Apr 2019 20:49

You need someone to
Make England Great Again!

😃

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 17th Apr 2019 14:55

cheers Keith - glad you liked 'from the attic' I never go in ours - I am unsettled by the noises that eminate from it even though there's nothing up there. A bit like my head! 😉
Ian

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Jeannot

Tue 16th Apr 2019 17:29

Keith,
I agree with your comments in reply to mine below. I feel it is an honour when someone takes the time to read my poems and provide comments, whatever they may be.
Thanks,
Jeannot

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 16th Apr 2019 17:05

thanks for commenting on 'Martyr' Keith - yes I'm going with the flow at the moment - some hits some misses but NaPoWriMo certainly makes you work at a pace 😃

d.knape

Tue 16th Apr 2019 16:21

Regarding "Free Speech" and your comments
I think England has gone down the tube
much like the USA.
you cannot truly speak your mind.
the speech police will come and
take you away.

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keith jeffries

Tue 16th Apr 2019 00:04

Hello Jeannot,

Thank you for your kind words. In my profile I ask for comments on my poems as being essential to my development as a poet and writer. I welcome constructive criticism but this is double edged as I feel bound to criticise in turn to give my comments in the hope that they will be helpful to others. WOL is a great opportunity for us all to learn from each other.

Thank you again
Keith

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Jeannot

Mon 15th Apr 2019 23:21

Keith,
I enjoy reading your comments on the various poems you read. Very insightful and I’m sure helpful to the writers.

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 15th Apr 2019 15:06

thnaks also for commenting on 'the turning of the tide' Keith - this poem a day malarky means I'm getting behind on the 'thank you's' - I always appreciate your kind and considerate input and feedback - thanks for taking the time to do so
Ian

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 15th Apr 2019 14:53

thanks for the kind comments on 'with banners..'Keith - I am lucky not to be in the position of the poems theme - but I do a lot of gigs for homeless charities as part of the We Shall Overcome campaign - we are playing the 'With Banners Held High' festival in Wakefield on 18th May - looking forward to that one so much - and hopefully this will be recorded as a song by my band in time to sing it our=t at that festival 😃
Ian

d.knape

Mon 15th Apr 2019 03:10

Autism has many faces.
one of the most common traits is stimming.
also most are not social and have a hard time being around
other people. I send you this on stimming which is the
rhythm i refer to in the poem.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimming

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Jane Briganti

Sun 14th Apr 2019 18:50

Thank you Keith for that heartwarming comment!😊

d.knape

Sat 13th Apr 2019 03:53

Thanks for your comments on "First Ride".
I said it as best I could.
all kids are drawn to horses I think.
and all want to ride.
When you have a horse underneath you.
you are on top of the world.

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Jon Stainsby

Thu 11th Apr 2019 20:56

Thanks always for your comments, Keith.

d.knape

Sun 17th Mar 2019 02:49

lost, but now found
Keith Jeffries is alive!
call off the search
return you your normal programming.


wink.

d.knape

Fri 15th Mar 2019 16:36

Missing Person, keith Jeffries, has disappeared.
if seen, report immediately.
may be armed with a poem.
approach carefully.

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AM Cash

Sun 10th Mar 2019 21:46

Thank you for your comments on primrose

d.knape

Sat 9th Mar 2019 03:53

Re: "football is king"
i did not know that you had the same problem in the UK.
does it feel like we are definitely "dumbing down"
why read when you have google or facebook
to tell you how to think.

d.knape

Fri 8th Mar 2019 11:10

I have no idea of the food you describe.
ever had a tamale?

wink.

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trevor homer

Wed 6th Mar 2019 14:36

Hi Keith - thanks for your 'Listening To Neil Young' comments, pleased you like it. I sense we have a modernist approach to poetry, as illustrated by your work such as Faces In The Shadows - 'who live on the fringes of light' and Etiquette - 'nostalgia plays a long symphony'. good stuff mate,

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Phil Kay

Wed 6th Mar 2019 00:45

Thanks for your comments keith. I wandered if you could connect my experience with your own first day in the forces? Of course we all have many first time events. Comments appreciated. Phil.

d.knape

Tue 5th Mar 2019 09:41

BLUE BLOOD

What can you do
if inside of you
runs royalty since
your blood is blue
write poetry
and seek the truth
inside of you
if your blood is blue.

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Phil Kay

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 23:31

Thank you for your comments on my "cancer" poem. Appreciated.

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