Timothy Marshal Nichols


Biography of Timothy Marshal Nichols

Timothy Marshal Nichols poet

A biography is usually a chance to boast, exaggerate and lie. But as Timothy says: I am what I am and nothing else.

These are the rumours: Timothy Marshal-Nichols claims he was born and he did grow up in Leicester, England. He did go to Liverpool University where he attempted to study Economics – but that wasn't his fault. As a punishment he now works as a Software Engineer. Which probably explains many of his obsessions.

The title of the collection 'Reveries of an Imaginary Landscape' was inspired by two sources. Firstly by 'Reveries of a Solitary Walker' by the Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) . Written around 1776, and towards the end of Rousseau life, these are brief and deeply personal reminisces as well as being brutally candid about Rousseau's own personality and paranoia – and always in a shockingly honest manner. They also describe Rousseau's interest in botany that inspired his walks around Paris. He also touches on: issues within philosophy, children and education, the nature of lies, and problems with charity.

The other source was Imaginary Landscape. This is the title of a series of compositions by the American composer John Cage (1912 – 1992) . These compositions were written between the late 30s and early 50s and explore many avant-guard techniques.

What relates these two worlds is a concern with the new. Rousseau with his discussions of a new age and its philosophical roots and Cage with his exploration of a new musical language. Both men, in some sense, iconoclastic against the old order.

Timothy Marshal-Nichols blogs at: http: //microwavefiction.blogspot.co.uk/
And that's where you will also see the images associated with some of the poems published here.

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Pensive

The world, closing in.
Pensive, fraught, that's what she felt.
And then, maybe... nothing...

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