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 in collection Spiritual Letters (Series 3)

Stride, 2005, ISBN 1-905024-03-7 

 

Spiritual Letters (Series 3, #10)

 

Waking to a bright, warm morning in the port, with men washing down cars and motorbikes across the street. A mail-boat on a stamp; an envelope addressed to someone in the neighbourhood of the spirit. Despite a heavy cold, I went out in the rain to meet him when he phoned to say that he was lost. My doctor advised me to take long walks, I told him, with old friends from far away. Birds singing loudly as I made my way to bed. From my friend’s flat, I walked past a church and drop-in centre, charity shops and outdoor stalls. The balcony door swings back and forth in the wind. It was only when the service was over, and she was standing with her back to me, that I was able to speak to her; she turned to face me, and wasn’t the friendloved and lost for yearsI thought I’d recognised. False apprehensions: a form of constancy. I was staying in a caravan, beside a shack with most of the rooms derelict, wild kittens for company. During her parties she would play recordings of Gregorian chant. When we met for the last time, you told me you’d been working on a series depicting nearby buildings, abandoned or set for demolition.

 

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and in the shop ...
collections -
"Black, Grey and White",
Veer Books;

"In the Shop of Nothing...",
Harbor Mountain Press;

"Spiritual Letters (Series 1 to 5)"
Chax press;

"Spiritual Letters (Series 4)"
hawkhaven press;

"Spiritual Letters (Series 3)"
Stride;

"Spiritual Letters (I-II)"
Reality Street Editions;

"Collected Poems" Poetry Salzburg;

in anthology -
"Take Five 06", Shoestring Press

prose and other -
"The Dorothy and Benno Stories", Reality Street Editions;"The Waters of Marah...", Shearsman Books;

"British Poetry Magazines..."  British Library Publishing

 


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