Arising from the repetitive, seemingly endless lockdowns of the Covid pandemic, sad and difficult times for many, and felt especially keenly by the author, who by his own admission, detests enforced confinement. Denied the open spaces and Idyllic countryside and riverside settings of the Wessex countryside, he wrote these poems and the prose “(the dust & detritus I scratch them in)” to capture the texture of the period 2020-2022. This book, far from being unremittingly gloomy actually chronicles a full range of human hopes, fears sadness and pleasure together with the issues brought into focus by the times, and not least his irreverent humour at the ageing process!
Also included as an appendix are all the poems from “The Lost Fisherman & Other Poems” printed in 2020 by another publisher but withdrawn from their list after the author terminated their agreement. These are poems that date from the author’s very first efforts at poetry in 1968 until 2019.