The umbrella

Blue wall

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…like people living in a country whose language they know so little that with all manner of beautiful and profound things to say, they are condemned to the banalities of the conversation manual.

Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence.

the wife is in the garden.

he has her umbrella. Continue reading

Poetry and consumption


My poem – Bucolic, MM Beach has been published in the latest edition of Plumwood Mountain Journal.

…with 31 poems guest edited by Michael Farrell on the theme ‘Poetry and Consumption’, a bumper set of 20 book reviews, an essay on Amitav Ghosh by Jennifer Mackenzie and a wonderful photo essay on twilight by Jon Bennett, do yourself a favour and check it out here

Image: c/- NASA on the Commons: Albert Siepert Points Out Highlights of Apollo 10 Liftoff to Belgium King and Queen, May 1969. And (for no particular reason) here’s Bertrand Belin, (so Frenchy, so chic), with un deluge.