Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Being a small town it provides me with a wealth of subjects and a broad range of friendships: strangers talk here too – I often get comments about my poetry from random passer-bys.
- What turns you on creatively?
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
About aged seven I came across the word ‘concentric’ in an old encyclopedia, my own discovery, an enthrallment. This is the usage of it in my work:
Excerpt from ‘The Mower’
He has cut the grass around Stonehengefor twenty summers, end-to-end, ever concentric, from outer to inner, he pulls out blades with the retreat of winter.
Excerpt from ’F5’
My search was inherited, in spine-bust encyclopaedias: I learnt the word ‘concentric’, and skipped the Roman Empire.
Excerpt from ‘Measured’
I was taught to spot the imperfect years by measuring, with eye and finger the varied distances, the thicknesses of those concentric, almost-whirled, bark-marked lines in the bared-ankles of cut trunks:
Excerpt from ‘Pub, 7pm’
Stood tall-table straight, with concentric rings, beer becomes central, at last order’s rings.
Been caught out – guilty of repetition!
- What is your pet peeve?
- What defines Mike Bell?
Not my broader being, not my disease, although poetry is my daily ritual to offset dementia risks, not my poetry: perhaps defined by my ability to shift in work and life, trading on my restlessness.
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