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Three Hobart Poems: Part 2 (audio version)

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

This is the second of the three poems on the British Army WW2 General, Sir Percy Hobart I have written and performed. This poem, Part 2, Hobo: Man of design and fabric – tells the story of Hobart’s love of heraldry and design in cloth as he marks the creation of his armoured divisions in the 1930’s and WW2 and his own feeling for family and history. More »

Three Hobart Poems: Part 3 (audio version)

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

This is the third of the three poems on the British Army WW2 General, Sir Percy Hobart I have written and performed. This poem, Part 3, Hobo: His generation and their books, tells the story of Hobart’s reputation calibrated against those of his fellow WW2 generals, in their words and his own. It includes an account of his remarkable production of The Story of the 79th Armoured Division in the ruins of Hamburg in the summer of 1945. More »

Poem: Percy “Hobo” Hobart, Pt 1

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

This poem is the first of three. They 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, Part 1
Hobo, the man and commander More »

Poem: Percy “Hobo” Hobart, Pt 2

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

This poem is the second of three. They 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, Part 2
Hobo the man of design and fabric

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Poem: Percy “Hobo” Hobart, Pt 3

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

This poem is the third of three. They 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, 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 »

Poem: In a space

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 26 February 2015. 2 comments.

I am not clubbable, though I used to be rather more sociable. I have never been a loner. I dislike any sort of trap, seeking aisle seats and the back row. But I have always fantasised about the satisfactions of small spaces. The problem is: how to avoid self-pity or self-aggrandisement when one is fantasising about voluntary – chosen – isolation or confinement?

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Poem: The Kingfisher day

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 9 August 2014. No comments.

My wife has been actively hoping to see a Kingfisher for even longer than the 18 years we have loved each other. Various trips on or by various likely rivers – especially the Stour at Wimborne and the Severn at Symonds Yat – didn’t deliver. The much less purely rural Thames at Marlow did, though. More »

Poem: House-sitting

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 9 August 2014. No comments.

My wife and I have been house-sitting near Henley: the large, arty house and its absent household made a big impression. More »

Poem: A Burridge day sailing

Posted by RDN under RDN's poems on 9 July 2014. No comments.

My friend, the designer, illustrator and writer, Paul Burridge, has been restoring his Macwester 28 for a couple of years and he took a couple of us on her first voyage under his ownership on 7 July 2014. It was a great day. More »

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