Published and unpublished poems
A poem from my Primer in Verse (Yale University Press, 2021)
A selection of tiny poems, written in 2020
Tiny poems prompted by memories of the Lake District
A sestina, for Karen Poskus
A compilation of light verse for Covid times...
A selection of tiny poems
A pair of villanelles I wrote a while ago about the anxiety of influence...a concept which goes on fascinating me, even though I am long done with Harold Bloom.
A poem about what happens to a room when the outside comes in.
An elegy for my first husband, Jonathan Wordsworth. The setting is St Catherine's College, Oxford.
A sequence of poems paying tribute to poets and singer-songwriters who have shaped my life.
A poem about global warming, from my collection ‘The Pebble and the Feather’ (Ludo Press, 2019).
A sequence of seven villanelles about Coronavirus in the U.K.
A pantoum inspired by the superb BBC adaptation of Hardy’s novel,Tess of the D‘Urbervilles.
Five sonnets from my collection ‘Vital Stream’ (Carcanet, 2019), which tells the story of the Wordsworth circle in 1802 as William’s marriage to Mary Hutchinson approached.
A poem about the constraints of fixed form, expressing a longing to work in the medium of free verse.
A ballad prompted by seeing photos of Bournemouth beach as Lockdown ended.
The Prologue to 'Ars Poetica' (Ludo Press, 2019), a sonnet sequence about poetry and the poetry publishing world.
A poem about Sir Geoffrey Hill
A poem for the planet.
Originally written as haikus: an almanac about the seasons in Headington, Oxford, where I used to live.
Appetizing new versions of famous poems
Little ironies: Six poems in imitation of Thomas Hardy.
On the limits of empathy
A familiar bird on our back lawn...
A poem protesting against the dominance of neuroscience