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The Celestial Spheres

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This Month's Poem


Ornith-ology the poetry of birds

This poem was commended in the Poetry Society's annual Stanza Competition in 2020.

On Draining the St. Martin Canal


I had thought that I preferred its placid waters

that trade a Lethe forgetfulness for our reflections 

in soft focus, encourage a belief in the metaphysical, 

a fantasy of fish dancing beneath sun-speckled 

mirrorballs to the Gauloises wheeze of an accordion;


but when they drained the St Martin Canal, what they found,

along with the remains of mangled vélibs, legless chairs, 

the ribs of umbrellas stripped of their skin, a gutted safe,

incriminating pistols, eyeless cameras, mopeds mid-escape,

a ghetto blaster frozen in play, and wine bottles by the tonne,

was Truth: the truth about how the BoBos live after dark, 

and that, beneath their watery veneer, they are not gods, 

nor shamans of l’esprit du temps, but pigs just like us, 

and I discovered that we are in love with the idea of Paris,

and that I prefer her honestly disrobed, laid bare,

because I am in awe of you, and that, having drained me 

down to the muddy wreckage at my core, still 

you choose to love me and the myth of me all the same.


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David’s poetry has been long-listed in the National Poetry Competition, twice shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and won first prize and a special mention in the Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review. 


In 2020 he was commended in the Poetry Society’s annual Stanza Competition his work has been published in several anthologies, in magazines, in film and, in 2019 one of his poems featured on television as part of a garden design project featured on Channel Five’s The Great Gardening Challenge.


David writes on a range of subjects and his second collection, the Celestial Spheres, published in 2020, includes themes ranging between ambition, constancy, love, war and spirituality, but the central theme relates to how we are often moved or influenced by forces and people unknown and unseen.  


Individual poems talk about migration, identity, masculinity and the long term effects of conflict.  


David is also known for his poetry about climbing and mountaineering; he has just been appointed to the judging panel for the 2020 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature.


The Celestial Spheres has been published by KD Publishing and is available the author and online, and costs £8.99.




Events cancelled due to Covid-19 and will be updated as soon as possible.



Crossing Borders, Essex and Suffolk Poets.

Wherstead Village Hall, 6:30pm

Festival of Suffolk Poetry, Stowmarket




Poetry at The Abbey for Holy Week.

Malmebury Abbey



Holocaust Memorial Day. Firstsite Gallery, Colchester. 1.00pm

Poetry performance



Launch of The Celestial Spheres. 7:30pm.  Essex Book Festival.

Batte-Lay Tea Room, Minories Gallery, Colchester

Poetry performance, live music, bar.  Free entry.



Poetry Workshop. The power of metaphor.

Mosaic, Firstsite Gallery, 7:30pm

Entry: £3





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