Almost Composed

Meditation and curiosity

Sea swimming

July 26, 2015

There’s a charge to swimming in the Atlantic that you don’t get at the local leisure centre. Perhaps it’s the abrasive quality of salt, or the electric feel of the cold. Getting in is the hard part. The passive among us may let the waves do the work: a progressive submergence. The bold will run and dive, but […]

An early draft of ‘The Edge’

July 1, 2015

There’s a poem in The Tide Clock titled ‘The Edge’. Here’s an earlier version of it that perhaps works in its own right, before the poem took a different turn. This version is more overtly about zazen: zen meditation practice. Just Sitting Waves relinquish the carracks, make fractals, circles, then stillness. My shadow drifts on the water, part of the […]

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The Tide Clock – free PDF

June 28, 2015

A PDF version of our poetry collection, The Tide Clock, is now available. Click here to read it. Feel free to share it with others. Blurb What do we find when the tide goes out and the coastline is exposed to light again, as if for the first time? In The Tide Clock, three poets […]

categories: poems

The Tide Clock proof has arrived

May 19, 2015

The new poetry pamphlet I’ve been working on with Hugh Greasley and Joe Franklin has arrived in proof form. There are a couple of minor errors to be fixed: I didn’t leave enough room between the bleed and the page margin on the cover, for one thing. These should now be resolved and I’ve put […]

categories: poems

Sea music: foreword to a poetry pamphlet

April 2, 2015

I’m hoping to send our new poetry pamphlet to the printers this weekend. It’s the second collaboration between myself and poets Joe Franklin and Hugh Greasley. To whet your appetite, here’s a draft of the foreword: Sea music Ted Hughes once said that if the reason we travelled to the coast during our holidays was to relax, […]

categories: essays, poems, reflections