Mornin’ tries to capture my state of mind whenever I’ve reluctantly had to wake up early doors, but also finds some advantages to being alive at such ungodly hours.
Poem #7 from my playlist ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This isn’t a pleasant one, admittedly, but it captures my fear pretty effectively.
National Poetry Day encourages us to share a poem and see things like a poet. This year, I’ve chosen to highlight Mary Webb, who wrote many renowned poems and novels whilst living around Lyth Hill on the edge of Shrewsbury.
Poem #6 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This is about eccentrics and how they appear to be dying out, like Eric.
Poem #5 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This is the first poem that covers mental health, an issue that has heavily impacted my life.
Poem #4 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. Originally written as a competition entry for Teacher Appreciation Week, I found the personal reflections included were too raw to throw away forever after being overlooked in the contest.
Poem #3 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. I wrote this poem after a local newspaper described an attack as “savage” and it reflects my disdain for sensationalised journalism, which first emerged whilst studying at university.
Poem #2 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This poem is about wild nights and the sense of achievement that lingers the following day… despite the fatigue.
Poem #1 from my collection ‘A Shropshire Grad’. This poem describes some of my experiences growing up poor in the Telford suburb of Donnington.