Writers who have influenced me…

I read a blog  post which asked the question, which writers have influenced you, and have been thinking about it, off and on, ever since. The suggestion was to write, or share, a ‘response poem’ – or whatever you like really. So here’s a list…

John Donne, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickenson, Henry Lawson, Kurt Cobain, Sylvia Plath, Lalla, William Burroughs, Charles Dickens…

And a poem that name-checks Walt Whitman…


Dear old Uncle Walt!
Do you think he will come
to the wedding?
Will he dance? Will he sing?
Or recite some burning poem?
I want to see him
dancing at the feast
Youthful and wild, with lilies
in his hair
And he will bow and then the bride
will curtsey…
And laughing every one pick up
the cup
And toast a prince of poets
in the garden
One hour of madness and joy
that  will not end.Page from"How he died" altered book