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Here And Now is a search for ‘inclusiveness’, the need to find coherence in all kinds
of experience, and to make sense of the imponderable. In this process the deceptiveness
of appearances has a recurrent rôle. The final section, an extended love poem, moves
through nostalgia towards a kind of fulfilment in the immediate.
Without my wife Rosemary’s support, particularly at times of self-doubt or inertia,
this collection would never have materialized.
I would like to thank Rutland Poets. Workshopping a number of these poems
with them has resulted in some radical rethinking.
Thanks as ever to Gordon Braddy, whose patient and perceptive reading and listening
have guaranteed that many poems were profitably reworked.
Were it not for the discerning input of my editor, John Forth, many individual
poems might have misfired and the collection lacked cohesion.
I continue to feel indebted to Darin Jewell (Inspira Group Literary Agency)
for his encouraging personal and professional support.
Special thanks once again to David Siddons for his advice, suggestions and
inventive processing of cover material.
COVER ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN
Edavid Siddons designed and processed the cover for Rosemary Tolkien’s painting of
ancient sweet chestnut tree in Burghley Park.