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Feedback on my collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”

I was delighted to receive the below feedback for my collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, from Alex Lee, who has produced the audio version of the book, (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/),

“We have just sent you an MP3 file of the fully produced poems for your approval. They are wonderful poems and Mark, not normally a fan of poetry loved them as he was editing and mastering the tracks, as do I. You have a great gift”.

(The audio edition of “The Writer’s Pen” will, I hope be available in November 2018. For the Kindle edition please follow the above link).

“The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, an update regarding the forthcoming audio edition

On 3 September 2018, I published “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” as an e-book, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/.

I am pleased to announce that I have now found a narrator for the audio edition of “The Writer’s Pen” and I’m looking forward to working with Alex Lee, and hope that the audio version will be available in time for Christmas.

Alex can be found here, https://www.alexleeaudio.uk and here, https://www.acx.com/narrator?p=AUB7ELH213R4M.

For the audio edition of my collection of poems, “My Old Clock I Wind please visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077VZTM3V/.

“The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” is now available for purchase in the Kindle store

I am pleased to announce that my collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” is available for purchase in the Amazon Kindle store.


You can listen to a podcast of my interview on Vancouver Co-op Radio’s The World Poetry Reading Series, in which I discuss (and read from) “The Writer’s Pen”, by following this link, http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=13500. Please note, my interview begins approximately 10 minutes into the podcast.

“The Writer’s Pen” has received 2 great reviews, which can be found here, https://wp.me/pVsXa-2rt and here https://wp.me/p7Uxin-3hc.

Where To Buy:

To purchase or download a free sample of “The Writer’s Pen” please go to https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ (for the UK) and https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ (for the USA).

I have published 5 previous collections of poems, links to which can be found below:

My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems”,

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0735JBVBG/ (for the UK) and https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0735JBVBG/ (for the USA).

Lost In The Labyrinth Of My Mind”,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AF5EPVY/ (for the USA) and https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AF5EPVY/ (for the UK).


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L5UC2H2/ (for the UK) and https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L5UC2H2/ (for the USA).

The Girl Who Wasn’t There”,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0155KSKOC/ (for the USA) and https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0155KSKOC/ (for the UK).

And “Dalliance”,

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QQVJC7E/ (for the UK) and https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QQVJC7E/ (for the USA).

An interview with poet K Morris and a review of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”

My thanks to Robbie Cheadle for interviewing me for her blog, and for writing a review of my collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”.

To read my interview with Robbie, together with her review of “The Writer’s Pen” please follow this link, https://wp.me/p7Uxin-3hc

Book Review: The Poems And Prose Of Ernest Dowson With A Memoir By Arthur Symons

I can not quite recollect when I first came across the poet Ernest Christopher Dowson. Perhaps it was while listening to one of the many recorded anthologies of verse which have delighted me over the years. Possibly I read his “They are not long the weeping and the laughter” while browsing through the Oxford Book of English Verse. Be that as it may, I was delighted to come across The Poems And Prose Of Ernest Dowson With A Memoir By Arthur Symons as a free download in the Amazon Kindle store, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000JQUZY6?ie=UTF8&ref_=oce_digital_UK.

Dowson was born in 1867 and died in 1900 at the tragically young age of 30. During his short life he produced some of the most moving poetry in the English language including his often quoted “They are not Long”

“They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,

Love and desire and hate;

I think they have no portion in us after

We pass the gate.


They are not long, the days of wine and roses,

Out of a misty dream

Our path emerges for a while, then closes

Within a dream.”

Indeed Dowson’s life was not long which serves to add poignancy to this beautiful poem. Whoever said that poetry has to be complex in order to be meaningful was wrong. As with “They are not long” verse can be a mere few lines and yet stir the emotions in a manner not achieved by more lengthy poems.

The brevity of existence and love is a constant theme in Dowson’s work. Take, for example his poem, April Love which touchingly describes the fleetingness of an affair

“We have walked in Love’s land a little way,

We have learnt his lesson a little while,

And shall we not part at the end of day,

With a sigh, a smile?

A little while in the shine of the sun,

We were twined together, joined lips, forgot

How the shadows fall when the day is done,

And when Love is not.

We have made no vows–there will none be broke,

Our love was free as the wind on the hill,

There was no word said we need wish unspoke,

We have wrought no ill.

So shall we not part at the end of day,

Who have loved and lingered a little while,

Join lips for the last time, go our way,

With a sigh, a smile?”.

Prior to reading “The Poems and Prose” I was not aware that in addition to his poetry Dowson had produced a number of short stories and one play. As with his poems the stories and play describe unattainable love or, in several of the stories the inability of men to take the plunge and express their love to their beloved.

In the play a man falls asleep in a beautiful garden to be awoken by a moon goddess. They indulge in romantic play for the few hours of night and at the end of their sport the lady leaves her mortal lover behind. Ever after he remains enthral to his moon goddess and is unable to find happiness with a mortal woman.

I could list the delights of this anthology until the cows come home, however I will cease my scribbling here and leave you to explore Dowson’s work for yourselves.