In my black hat

Chris’s poem on a painting by Modigliani. This poem was commended in the 2009 National Poetry Competition and appears in Chris’s collection ‘A Gash in the Darkness.’

Read more...

Coming to terms

One of Chris’s most appreciated poems, ‘Coming to Terms’, which many have found helpful in articulating their experience of grief. This is included in ‘Rain falling by the River.’

Read more...

West Highland Sonnet

A sonnet about the Scottish Highlands. This poem won the Middlesex Sonnet Competition for a poem in a traditional form, and is included in ‘Beyond the Bitter Wind.’

Read more...

Woman in blue reading a letter

An innovative form – a variant of the sestina in which the three-line summary comes at the beginning rather than the end. This poem is part of ‘Easing the Gravity Field.’

Read more...

Palimpsest – A Prayer

One of Chris’s most deeply-felt spiritual poems, based on the image of a palimpsest, a manuscript that has been re-used, perhaps several times, with the previous text scored out but still visible. This is included in ‘Beyond the Bitter Wind.’

Read more...