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London Poems is a thin volume of ditties by a middle-aged, English, fat bloke. The poems were written in London, about places in London, in reference to feelings that emerged as the author found himself processing random thoughts in or near London.
The subjects of the poems are those, pretty much, that have pre-occupied practitioners since the year dot. They are about love, loss, self-examination, and the woes of the world. A few more uplifting verses are chucked in to deflect accusations of rank melancholy.
Readers may spot the poets of the great tradition to whom debts are owed. One of Robert’s methods is to match his occasional spontaneous overflows of powerful feelings to a poem from the canon. It doesn’t matter whether reader get these references. It is appropriate, however, to give credit where it is due, especially to Elizabeth Browning, William Blake, Catullus, John Cooper Clarke, Emily Dickinson, TS Eliot, Thomas Gray, Thomas Hardy, AE Housman, John Keats, Philip Larkin, John Milton, Adrian Mitchell, Ruth Pitter, Dylan Thomas, Wilfred Owen, Brian Patten, Christina Rossetti, Vikram Seth, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Robert is also indebted to Martin Baker, Julia Bentham, Edward Cole, Emma Cole, Sean Coughlan, Daniel Crewe, Paul Henry, Lucy Luck, and Matthew Wall.
London Poems is dedicated to ‘Mum and Dada’.