A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.

This may sound easy. It isn’t.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.


The Somme In Seven Poems


Due to circumstances documented elsewhere on this website it had escaped my notice that the short film The Somme In Seven Poems had become available on Vimeo.

These animations were produced by BDH to illustrate and accompany the poetry featured in the BBC’s 90 minute documentary War of Words: Soldier Poets of the Somme, which aired last November on BBC2.

This compilation was put together as a teaser for the full length documentary  and released on the iPlayer the weekend of Rememberance Day.

Making these animations was a very humbling privilege, and a hefty responsibility, and we hope they are a fitting tribute to the people who saw and experienced things thankfully most of us only have to imagine.

A great big thanks to Hugh Cowling and Libby Redden who contributed so much to the finished work.

Embedded below is a trailer for the short.

The Somme In Seven Poems can be viewed directly on Vimeo.


Three Playlists for the End of English Spring

A Little Madness in the Spring is Wholesome even for the King

-Emily Dickinson

These three lists, on different platforms and all contain different tracks from each other, are a rough account of what I have been listening to for the last season. After November I didn’t listen to any music at all for a while, then coming back to it like someone who has been on holiday in the seventies and missed all the news in the meantime.

On listening again I personally sense a theme of renewal and progression, pretty obvious for the season I know, maybe you can feel that too.

(beware the 8tracks list autoplays on mobile)

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