Category Archives: sparrow mumbling

Two Poems for Tom Raworth and an Instant Elegy

I’m indebted to Peter Manson who, on my posting a short elegy on Tumblr for Tom Raworth, suggested I reproduce here two poems he, Peter, and his co-editor Robin Purves, first published in Object Permanence, no. 3 (Sept 94). These … Continue reading

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Portrait of an Informationist, (or, The Kind of Found Poetry I Want)

(About 11 months ago, I did one of those Facebook ‘challenge’ chains – post a poem each day for five days; challenge five others to do the same – which are just an excuse to share new work. Most of … Continue reading

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Whose English Is It Anyway?

(This is a very overdue reposting of a poem commissioned for The Verb as part of the BBC’s 2014 Freethinking Festival. The delay, apart from the usual reluctance to appear to be self-publishing anything beyond the lightest or most spontaneous … Continue reading

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The Three Mice: A Halloween Tale

The first mouse built its house out of cheese that he stole brick by cellophane-wrapped brick from an hotel breakfast buffet, and cemented together with butter, but the cat – that black-hearted crapper in backyards, and stalker of the mildewed … Continue reading

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Sparrow-mumbling in China

As many of you will already know, April is now over, and with it, the solemn blend of duty and monosyllables that is NaPoWriMo. Why, then, am I still labouring toward a closure few will care enough about to read? … Continue reading

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Sparrow-mumbling in April: Week 1

Without a second thought and with very little evidence of a first one either, when Carrie Etter asked me to take part in NaPoWriMo, I agreed. I think I liked the sound of it, the sort of SovSound feel. I’d … Continue reading

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Mumbling in March

(It’s been a while since I heard the sparrows mumble, and, truth to tell, in all this excitement, I quite forgot to gather the crumbs. For those who are also suffering from the old omnesia, this is an occasional column … Continue reading

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