Rupert Loydell “A Confusion of Living”

Rupert Loydell “A Confusion of Living” otata’s bookshelf2019…. A Book Of Poems.


“The Clear Days”

When the mind’s an empty moon
The clear days come.

Wendell Berry,.


“My Own History”

the black square to the left
and the black painting hung next to it
are different from each other

Rupert Loydell.



Our Poetry editor has written a magnificent collection of poems and is giving a free PDF version away at

36 pages of deep and short poems spanning the bredth of the life bizarre. With the bonus a header  by Rupert wearing his multi coloured beret in his role as fine painter.

To leave it to the words of the man himself…..

‘What is a poet? A fabricator who understands that “it does not matter what things are, only what the relationship between them is”.’ Everyone is confronted daily with dozens of seemingly unre-lated moments; often one doesn’t bother to dwell on most of them. Moments come, moments go, only those that seem to create a compelling context stick in our minds. […] Loydell’s work evokes the intertextuality of the language of poetry and the language of painting and photography. This is the language os seeing and recording discontinuities, incongruenceies, contextual realities, not as an observer, but as someone firmly rooted in the many contexts of language.’ – Andrea Moorhead’Loydell, an acute observer and adept interpreter, is always open to fluency and nuance in these rewarding poems.’ – Martyn HalsallRupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, the editor of Stride magazine, and a contributing editor to international times. He is the author of many collections of poetry, including Dear Mary, The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, all published by Shearsman Books. He edited Smartarse and co-edited Yesterday’s Music Today for Knives Forks & Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St. Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, an anthology of manifestos and unmanifestos, for Salt. He lives with his family in a creekside village in Cornwall




Nick Victor




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