Paul Waring is a retired clinical psychologist from Wirral, UK. He was once a menswear designer and, in the 1980's, a singer/songwriter in several Liverpool bands. In 2016, he began writing poetry again after a 20-year gap, and thinks the discovery that his earlier manuscripts had gone missing might have played a significant part! He has twice been awarded Write Out Loud’s Poem Of The Week, once in January 2017 and again in August 2017. His poems have been published in numerous journals, anthologies and online magazines including Prole, Strix, Algebra of Owls, Amaryllis, Atrium Poetry, Here Comes Everyone, Clear Poetry, The Ofi Press, The High Window, The Lampeter Review, Riggwelter, The Open Mouse, Foxglove Journal, and many others. He was runner-up in the 2019 inaugural Yaffle Prize and had poems commended and shortlisted in the 2019 Welshpool Poetry Competition. His debut pamphlet ‘Quotidian’ was published by Yaffle Press in summer 2019. His website is waringwords.blog
A Tale Of Two Sandals Grandparents see future kings in small boys, promise trips to boating lake and forest worlds away from the flat above shops Away from bone-dry August air heavy with discordant dog barking, raised voices, kids' screams and throaty open-back buses Like the one to Ilford Market which passed by broken teeth of war-bombed buildings. Nan bought sandals from a man wearing a turban. It was oven-hot. Streetwise kids poked sticks into treacle tarmac. A boy laughed at my accent, smudged tar on one of my sandals. Later, on a window ledge facing a brick red sunset brown-black from coats of grandad's shoe polish lay the sandals I wished would now disappear.
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A Tale of Two Sandals (17/08/2017)
A Dog's Life (28/05/2017)
Bitchin' In The Kitchen Sink Drama (17/05/2017)
minds under arrest (15/05/2017)
Begging For Time (10/05/2017)
That Thing We Call Nostalgia (07/05/2017)
The Politics of Billy Liar (03/05/2017)
Only The Lonely Hear Górecki (01/05/2017)
Gossip's Arrow (28/04/2017)
Going Around In Circles (26/04/2017)
Being Someone Else (08/04/2017)
Jazz Notes, Harlem 1950's (06/04/2017)
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