BODY OF WORK

There are 10 sections to Body Of Work, each named after a different somatic region. Subject matter is widely varied: there are urban poems, satirical and humourous verses, elegiac pieces, love poems, haikus and erotica, and a few longer pieces including ‘De Havilland’ (about the poet’s airman-father …read more 

UNHOLYLAND

Perhaps we don’t expect young Israeli DJs to fall in love with teenage Palestinian women-rappers, but it happens in Unholyland, as in real life! This verse-novel is driven by what’s currently taking place in the youth-culture of modern Palestine/Israel…read more 

MCCOOL

McCool is a love story and a war story set in the near future, told in the form of a verse-novel. After a Western coalition invasion of Lebanon, Gala’s husband Colonel Parker James is deployed to the frontline and…read more 

UNIVERSAL

The epic poem originally titled India Cantos (but published as Universal by Goldmark in 2002) whirlwinds the reader through North Africa, the West Indies, India. Primarily a travelogue in blank-verse it detours into biographiesread more 

THE UNINHABITABLE CITY

“Other works have developed his unique ability to fuse an inspired romantic tradition with a gritty uber-modern reality, like The Uninhabitable City, where Dun’s Orphic voice can melt the tower blocks of a decaying cityread more 

SALVIA DIVINORUM

An alchemical text in four movements…read more 

VALE ROYAL

The valley of the lost Fleet River in Kings Cross is surrounded by the old hills of London, the high places. Vale Royal is a geographical vessel, a symbolic container of the quiet mind, a perfect place to realise the vision of oneness…read more 

BODY OF WORK

There are 10 sections to Body Of Work, each named after a different somatic region. There are poems of the Hands, poems of the Lungs, Spine, Heart and Belly, etc. Subject matter is widely varied: there are urban poems, satirical and humourous verses, elegiac pieces, love poems, haikus and erotica, and a few longer pieces including ‘De Havilland’ (about the poet’s airman-father who flew in night-fighting Mosquitoes in WWII). These are highly-crafted lucid verses which take the reader into an emotive landscape of literary vision; these are poems which clearly set out to communicate something of human experience.

 

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UNHOLYLAND

Perhaps we don’t expect young Israeli DJs to fall in love with teenage Palestinian women-rappers, but it happens in Unholyland, as in real life! This verse-novel is driven by what’s currently taking place in the youth-culture of modern Palestine/Israel. The real Arab revolution is the explosion of politico-spiritual rap from subculture, a music which carries the nonviolent message: ‘Putting down the gun and pickin up the mic…’

Set in the Onegin sonnet-form of Pushkin, the same stanza deployed in McCool, the poem has been described as ‘Pushkin with a spliff.’

‘I was deeply moved by Unholyland – it has extraordinary energy, wit, knowledge, and beautifully marries the vernacular with rhyme. It reads beautifully and is like nothing else I’ve read.’ 

Tom Paulin

THE HOLY OF UNHOLIES  – a review of Unholyland by Philip Wells in San Francisco’s Big Bridge. Read here.

 

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