Delighted to have poems in Dappled Things-a very attractive quarterly publication from the USA, focusing on ideas, art and faith, Contemporary Literary Review India and Carillon this month.
My poem Demolition below, draws on the emotive resonance of the spaces of our schooldays. It was written in the days leading up to the demolition of The City School Sheffield, my place of work for over twenty years. All the schools I have previously worked at, and both schools I attended as a child have been demolished. The act of demolition has a corrosive impact and carries a virus of semi-rational fear. Will be memories too be erased? They will certainly be distorted over time, taking on a life of their own.
The accompanying photograph shows girls from my old school, relaxing on the sports field during sports day- sometime in the mid 70’s