Kickstart Your Heart

Here’s a list of my latest poems. Go to Kickstart Your Heart to find them all!


  • Five Old-Fashioned Home-made Hats
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    Since the mid-1970s I have been a closet Slav. I learned all about Russia through human rights and travel books, mainly. In 2008 I got the opportunity to visit that huge troubled country. On my last day there I stumbled on a ‘babushka’ selling gaudy coloured, acrylic knitted hats. Illustration: katyazhu.com I. A... Read more »
  • Bookshops: places of adventure & discovery…
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                                                  Phone at Carraig Books                                              Dora Kazmierak https://www.instagram.com/dorakazmierak/ __________________________________________________________________   Working... Read more »
  • Who holds the future, if it’s not the One who made us…
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      The year was 1976. I had dropped out of secondary school, due to family fracturing and lack of academic engagement. I was pretty lost in direction. My goals were to immerse myself in music and female friendships. I’d had a small catalogue of sweethearts in my teens and quickly realised... Read more »
  • Nervously-naked
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      image: Neringa Normantaite: www.facebook.com/artistneringa     Nervously-naked, tender pendulant bells, between our legs sacred energy swells;   easily unclasped, compliant private purse, sown seeds speed: shallow secret universe;   birdsong-seranded, tryst in private woods: Eden-ordained passion: pure and good. ... Read more »
  • First Night ‘Lights Out’
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    I had always been an adventurous child. Being the youngest of three, I was frequently the first for any new experience: smoking, kissing girls, solo travels and boarding school. That boarding school experience was both the making and unmaking of me. I have an unutterable fondness for all that Newtown... Read more »
  • Gospel Hall Brethren
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    We were the faithful, we were true: we never knelt or sat in pews, all seated in a circle broken, long prayers in Ulster accents spoken; repeated cliches too well-known: the Quaker silence we disowned.   ‘Sacred Songs’  sung as best able, bap bun  on ‘worldly’ card table: the beaded-doily covered sherry glass rang bell-like, echoed frowned-on Mass.   Oh! The lisp... Read more »
  • Familia
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    She vice grips her hero-husband’s hand, heaving hormones issue high demands, pity cannot calm deep contraction pain, birth-waters gush, sheet shows graffiti stain: primitive her pant, newborn stirs within, propelled the push – let baby’s birth begin! Thighs hinge, tendons rack-stretched, ejection-effort on her red face etched; the father’s futile fears, hopeless his tears, abruptly a damp, dark-haired head... Read more »
  • Tabula Rasa
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    Did unwanted visitor carry viral curse? Unborn baby wrestled, now in need of nurse.   Scan-monitor stated heart-beat missing: unrequited, fond tummy hugs and kissing.   Soon her faecal-tinted tide dam-broke, no newborn wail, deathly silence spoke.   Tabula Rasa* – mouth mute, empty her gaze, baby body floppy – little for poet to praise…   Little girl gone, gone – listless... Read more »
  • An Online / Offline Encounter with Russia and Russians, 1975 – 2017
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    Going to Russia in 2008 was a dream come true for me, I being a confirmed closet Slavophile. I first got interested in that very misunderstood continent through the suffering Christians, the dissident authors and the underground artists, in the mid-1970’s. Then, I had become a part-time, one-man protest band, on... Read more »
  • Life-long aquatic dread
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    Neither parents present at first swim, pale-pathetic, goose-bumped skin, life-long aquatic dread quickly set in. Arm motions awkward, geek-clumsy, turbulent thrashed pool,  sudsy, lungfuls of water, Louis unlucky.   Showers, menacing macho laughs: swear-shouting, working class lads; brutal cold bulk, hated Blackrock baths. Un-muscular, myopic, merely six, misplaced middleclass, un-virile, thick: nude nervous, fearful sausage-pricks. 2. Final failure at boarding school, dog-paddle pupil sank like... Read more »