Biography of Tony Jolley
I'm a University Lecturer who loves teaching, but who is beginning to find that the yen to write from the heart for a non-academic readership is more important than to write from the head for a narrow academic audience of cognoscenti. That said, I have started my own business in France: 'Tonyversity' (www.tonyversity.com) doing management and English coaching for business people and finessing of English translations. Am presently building a personal poetry website called 'Tonyverses' (www.tonyverses.com) but it is slow work!
I used to play guitar and write music in my early years and had, until recently, thought that the muse of my youth was lost to me. She isn't. She took me by the hand and led me home to a place where there is no barrier between the heart and the page anymore.
I no longer have an office. It has become a study, a library, a haven where small miracles happen every day between nib and nap.
Oh, and did I mention... at long, long last, I love and am truly loved.
Tony Jolley's Works:
Let the Dust Wait (2004)
The Light of The Shade (2006) Forward Press [me plus 9 other poets in an anthology]
- Fire on Your Finger
- (Red) Indian Summer
- The Story of a Life Lost in the Telling
- Eleventh Hour
- Your Left Hand
- Pavements and Partings
- About Your Skin
- Bloodied but Unbowed
- 00.04 25.12.04
- 'The Glorious Dead'
- How the Moments Come
- Your Call is Important to Us [Ye...
Hot Salt Rain
Hot, salt rain pouring from my every pore,
Splashing, soaking, saturating your heaving, forest floor;
Each and every dropp shining, shaking,
Surface tension fighting for foothold
Upon unusually unstable ground,
Wracked and rent by fearsome, feral forces
Raging from the epicentre of the earthquake
Deep in the pit of you,