Cincinnati Review

I’m really pleased to have a couple of poems included in the next edition of the Cincinnati Review (9.1).
They have asked for an ‘author commentary’ – a brief comment on the inspiration behind the poems. Never been asked for this before! Here’s my attempt at it …

A few years ago, a friend gave me a beautiful Thai stone Buddha for my birthday. Straight backed and elegant, he sits on a railing outside my kitchen window where I can see him every time I glance outside. The Buddha wears all weathers with equal equanimity, a cape and cap of snow in the winter; unblinking in the summer sun. Crows regularly perch on his head. I came to think of him as ‘the patience of stone’, and around that phrase, my poem Rock gathered and grew.


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