experiments & essays (‘87-‘92), 444 pp.

This collection (a companion volume to Odes
& Episodes) brings together work from eight early booklets.


Method and process is shown, also as if in unpolished workbooks and charcoal sketches, to seriously "break the pentameter". (To criticise poetic hostilities, of those still at ease with the slump – dull boom of monotheo-eristic thinking.)


The material goes from primitive and classical, gods and bodies, present metrics and pointing rhetoric – to prose-modern traditions.



1. thalamos & thanatos

2. hymns to hinè

3. telling/ experi(m)ence/ in-form

4. nine nights, an exercise in cymric metrics

5. sure steps & graceful, 64 versions of goethe

6. songs from a scroll or rosary

7. erotic ostraka poettery

8. on occasions/ dodecagenous/ dedications


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(NB: In this book the pages are numbered in the recto & verso system. Therefore only every second page carries the page number. (This system was typical in early codices, when the codex, or book of bound leaves, was superseding the continuous scroll.)

In other words, on each "opening" of the book which you will download, the recto is on the right side and carries the page number while the verso is on the left, the reverse of the preceding page, and is marked not with a page number but a Vo symbol. On page 4, for example, the Vo opposite, to the left of 4 recto, is 3 verso.

illustrations: A map of the Manifold valley with musical neumes from the Winchester Troper,10th century.
The constellation Orion with John Keats on his deathbed.
Labyrinth, the frontispiece for section 3, TELLING