Peter Daniels

Peter Daniels has two collections, Counting Eggs (Mulfran, 2012) and A Season in Eden (Gatehouse, 2016), to be followed later in 2019 by My Tin Watermelon (Salt). His various pamphlets include Mr Luczinski Makes a Move from HappenStance (2011) as well as two Poetry Business prizewinners, and he has won single poem competitions including the Arvon, TLS and Ledbury. At a previous StAnza, Peter presented his translations of Vladislav Khodasevich from Russian (Angel Classics, 2013), shortlisted for three awards including the Oxford-Weidenfeld translation prize. As a queer writer in residence at the London Metropolitan Archives he wrote the obscene Ballad of Captain Rigby (Personal Pronoun, 2013).

Photo: Alistair Kerr

Events

Jill Abram presents Stablemates »

Jill Abram introduces a poetry salon with a trio of HappenStance poets

Fri 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber

Poem

All You Need

All you need is a pad, a stubby pencil
and the end of a road at a sea cliff. 
You rest your mind there,
leaning your shadow on the sea.
Stroll up to the hut you share with spiders,
brew your cup of tea from a billy-can
and sip it in the shelter of a drystone wall. 
You can attend to each arising moment,
an edge where you stand that gives
back-country behind you, and rough ocean
to launch across, when you finish with land.

All I need is people passing by, and bricks
gathering spaces between them
in a city I used to keep away from.
Once I’d wonder: how could they survive
in air so important, shared with the royal
and famous, brushing Parliament and Piccadilly.
Now I’m in Zone 2, the neck of the whirlpool:
the Queen could reach me on the 73. 
Tracing the streets needs a sharpened pencil. 
I’ll follow up what rages through my hinterland,
and fetch you a moment on the City Road.

 

Peter Daniels

From Mr Luczinski Makes a Move (HappenStance, 2011) and A Season in Eden (Gatehouse, 2016)