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Welcome To The Real World

Collected Poems and Performance Pieces 1980-2000  Wordsout, 2000 (ISBN 09520212-1-8). 

This was a collection of re-published and new poems. The previous book Breaking the Chains (1992) was out of print but still in demand, and so rather than reprint it and produce a new book as well I combined it with poems written since then to create Welcome to the Real World. Production was by Chris Gander and the cover by Julia Franchetti and me.


The poems listed here are those which were written between 1992 and 2000 and did not appear in Breaking the Chains. A number were created for specific events at St John's, West Ealing.

The book is still in print and can be bought online from Amazon.co.uk or from me

All income from the book, after production costs were paid, goes to the Nineveh Trust to support the work of the Rev Kenneth Ononeze running two schools in Jos in northern Nigeria, and occasionally to other charities.


Introduction  

Act One  

Out of Eden 

Welcome to the real world 

Saved in Japan

Absalom 

Love reaches out 

Light of the world

Baby crying  

Bring on the dancing vicar  

Crabs  

Come on in, the sofa’s lovely 

An exponent of the Prosperity Gospel replies to the Beatitudes

Paul's first fax to the Thessalonians

Song at the start of a century   

Glasnost, 1993   

Brief encounter     

Creed   

Dear son   

Nursery haiku    

The last straw

     The fall 

     The promise

     The word 

     The annunciation 

     The nativity 

     The shepherds   

     The magi  

     The flight into Egypt

Adore your door   

Reaching   

Keys     

Pleasure       

Maps    

Magi

     The seekers

     The journey  

     The gifts   

     The epiphany   

Bernhard Langer approaches Sarajevo      

Truce with the Furies       

Postcards from Florence   

      Duomo  

      Santa Croce  

      Donatello  

      Savonarola  

      Angelico

No rest for the wicked     

Galileo and the four moons of Jupiter      

The astronomers     

About time     

Strawberry Lodge       

Choosing a wife     

Fancy that           

Dark Rider collects the newspaper         

At Mawgan Porth        

Harvest     

Maureen        

The Trinity monologue     

The poem’s cv       

Oh, hell 

Normandy       

Invocation       

31.12.99       

Gironde     

Skin    

The driving seat 

Ride on      

Judas calls Room Service     

Communiqué      

The cure       

Fixed  

Only wood       

From where she lies       

Five candles        

Postmodern     

Postscript 

The printed book also includes all of BREAKING THE CHAINS.