I am a poet from West Yorkshire, currently based in the Calder Valley and publishing collections under the Caterpillar Poetry press. In November 2014 I was honoured to publish Nuala Fagan's Not All Birdsong, while my debut collection "Little Creatures: Poems of Insects, Small Mammals and Micro-organisms" was published in 2013. My "Random Journeys" appeared in 2014, published by The Unpretentious Arts, and my collection of fiction, Freezings, was printed by Cascading Fictions in 2013. I work in libraries and am also in the early stages of producing some film and radio work, as well as working as a gardener. All of these things find their ways into my poetry, and I am working on a number of poetry projects including the Rare Constants exhibition and website with Alan Wrigley: http://www.rareconstants.uk/ and a pamphlet of poems about grouse whose proceeds are going to Animal Aid. In addition to my Caterpillar Poetry site, between 2013-15 I ran a poetry website, Ryburn Ramblings https://sites.google.com/site/ryburnramblings/home and you can see examples of video work, largely relating to poetry, here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz-mwhbWisTCpRKN335x4pA I am very interested in poetry of all periods and genres, especially Anglo Saxon poetry, the Romantics, most 20th and most 21st Century English language poetry.
DAMSELFLY Split moon-fringe, silk-slice blue as threaded sapphire, you haunt pond air at July sunrise. Floating flake, like a breeze-blown vein you come, half visible, a slither of translucency, disappearing into reed beds, invisible. From Little Creatures (Caterpillar Poetry, 978-0-957504004)
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I Hope it Rains on Valentine's Day (14/02/2016)
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