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Since 2013 I have been writing more poems. They are not terrifically “poetic” though they bend the rules of prose (orderly syntax, orderly progression of argument) sufficiently to be worth the descritpion, I hope. They are in pretty plain speech. They are intended to be read aloud and their punctuation aims at being a rough guide to that.

Poem: Catching the light

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 22 October 2017. No comments.

Here, four moments from the 1980s and the 2010s provide the vignettes which I hope convey how an auto-didact skips and slithers, in a hungry sort of way, amongst the wit and wisdom of his betters.

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Poem: Looking up at an oak

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 19 July 2017. No comments.

Looking up at an oak
15 July 2017

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Poem: London Trio

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 13 July 2017. No comments.

These London Trio poems are:

London 1: Marylebone
London 2: The Thames
London 3: Pimlico, Soho and Hampstead

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Poem: A Norfolk Spring Trio

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 15 March 2017. No comments.

These Norfolk Spring Trio poems are:

#1 Blackthorn Winter
#2 Church and Copse
#3 Norfolk, UK, The Universe

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Poem: Thoughts on a full stop

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 15 November 2016. No comments.

This isn’t about me, at least not in particular, and it isn’t gloomy, I hope. I fear it offers advice, which – it might be remembered – comes from a man with little courage and no pretensions to wisdom. More »

Poem: Beech Wood near Henley

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 15 November 2016. No comments.

My wife and I house-, chicken-, and dog-sit near Henley. This part of the Chilterns is far deeper countryside than I had ever expected. More »

Poem: Suicide Boy, 1872

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 15 November 2016. No comments.

I came across this news story from a local paper about a suicide-by-train  and wanted to mark it in some way. I feel oddly scrupulous about opining too much, or seeming to assume any understanding of the events it describes. More »

Poem: Sir Percy “Hobo” Hobart, a 3-parter (audio version)

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / RDN's poems on 18 May 2016. No comments.

These are recordings of my reading of three linked poems on the British Army WW2 General, Sir Percy Hobart . They were written to be spoken. The work is, I hope, in the rather straightforward narrative tradition of English poetry. It is certainly not high-flown poetry. But I hope people will feel that it certainly isn’t prose either. The Trilogy is in text form in the RDN site’s Poems category.

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Poem: Sir Percy “Hobo” Hobart, a 3-parter (text)

Posted by RDN under Military Covenant / RDN's poems on 19 August 2015. No comments.

This long poem is in three parts. All of them are long, and intended to flow one from another, but each to make sense on its own. They have been written with an eye (or ear) to being read aloud briskly.

Sir Percy Hobart (1885 – 1957) was a great man: he was crucial to the formation and training of Britain’s WW2 tank units, but he was also creative and – in effect – a military publisher.

Sir Percy Hobart, Part 1
Hobo, the man and commander

Sir Percy Hobart, Part 2
Hobo the man of design and fabric

Sir Percy Hobart, Part 3
The Hobo, his generation and their books

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Vera Bax poems for “The Fallen”, her WW2 sons

Posted by RDN under Mind & body / RDN's poems on 11 May 2015. No comments.

Vera Bax, poet and painter, lost two sons in WW2. Both were RAF pilots. She wrote a sequence of four poems on losing them. Some of the poems have been in various anthologies ever since. More »

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