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I am a poet from West Yorkshire, currently based in the Calder Valley and publishing collections under the Caterpillar Poetry press I work in libraries and am also working in local radio and in film. My film about Branwell Bronte's Calder Valley Years was produced and premiered for Branwell's bicentenary in 2017, and includes interviews with Bronte experts at the Haworth Bronte Parsonage, Bronte biographer Juliet Barker, and many Calder Valley poets, artists and residents You can see examples of my more home-made video work, largely relating to poetry, here I am very interested in poetry of all periods and genres. My favourite poets include Baudelaire, Coleridge, Keats, GM Hopkins, Kathleen Raine, Philip Larkin, Harold Massingham, Lynne Wycherley, Daniel Healy, Musaemura Zimunya, Jean-Joseph Rabearivolo, Ana Blandiana, Ivan Davidkov, Vasko Popa, Gerry Singh, Victoria Gatehouse.


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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Mae Foreman

Wed 31st Oct 2018 17:14

Wonderful piece! Thank you?

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keith jeffries

Sat 2nd Jun 2018 16:48

Damselfly is beautifully descriptive.
Thank you

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Simon Zonenblick

Fri 11th May 2018 10:38

Many thanks Mae, Keith, Tahira and Cynthia for these encouraging and supportive comments, much appreciated!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 22nd Nov 2017 12:09

Simon, I shall try to catch up on your work. Your bio is full and very interesting, introducing a writer well worth pursuing. 'Damselfly' is delightful.

'Caterpillarpoet' is a great site name. Very imaginative, and full of implications - metamorphosis and all that.

I wish the average day had more bright hours.

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