An Armoured Inkwell

Written for The New English Ballet as part of the Armistice Centenary celebrations, the poem features in the film of a ballet called Remembrance, largely based on the wartime romance of Marie Rambert (my grandmother) and playwright Ashley Dukes (my grandfather). During his time as a cavalry officer in Normandy, he would use the inkwell (pictured above) to write letters to Rambert, who passed it on to me many years later.

Honeyland

The poem is dedicated to Cedella Marley Booker  (1926-2008),  the mother of Bob Marley. In her biography, 'Bob Marley, My Son', confessing that times were tough bringing up Bob on her own in the hills of Nine Mile, ‘Ma’ Booker mentions a green mountain-retreat where...

Kandinsky at Dawn

The sky has come down to lie on the grass. A low sun looks on in wonder, sidelong. Pale-blue intersecting ice-kingdoms extend. Someone has patterned the lawn with diamonds. Sapphire worlds flash. Criss-crossed figures coincident heiroglyphs interlink, dazzle....

Shackleton

An explorer lost at the pole, searching for the world’s axis ship crushed in grinding ice sees no morning till a distant summer raises the sun from dark months. Imagine that returning light as mystics decribe warm rays shining into separation from a supernatural face...

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