michael walker

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I was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand.I went through the education system, all high school classes, and graduated from the Uiversity of Auckland with a BA and an MA degree. I taught English and French in a few New Zealand high schools on-and-off from 1969 till 2006. I travelled to England and France in the early 1970s. I lived and taught English in Grenoble for a couple of years. Here, I spoke ... more »

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  • '''Big Brother is watching you' is written on all parking tickets.''
    George Orwell's novel '1984' ends with the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU', which I adapted to comment on the mentality of taking people's money o...
  • ''In a city, the most precious item for sale is time.''
    This is my original thought. I do not like wasting time or have shop assistants keep me waiting unnecessarily. I am impatient. Time is precious.M. Wal...
  • ''Poetry is the friend of meditation and research.''
    My own idea, based on my own experience. I need absolute quiet for writing, no radio, nothing. For some dramatic monologues, like 'A Morning Among Mor...
  • ''Poetry is the ruby of emotion, but also the diamond of thought.''
    Mine, original. I think there needs to be both emotion and academic thought in most poems. The poem should move the reader emotionally, but also show ...
  • ''You say save the trees: I say save the people.''
    I am influenced by June Jordan's anti-green thought. I was like this long before, too. To me, people and their needs are more important than trees-the...
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('I am never less lonely than when I am alone.`Oscar Wilde.

Yes, I have been alone most of my life,
having started to live alone in my forties.
I had to learn all the housework skills,
of which cooking took a while to get right.

Yes, I have lived mostly in large cities,
where there may be more loneliness than small towns.
On most days, I see anonymous strangers,
who can, nevertheless, surprise me with a greeting.

I have done a lot of long-distance running lately,
although I miss the harriers and athletics club.
I find solitary walks promote...

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