Jonathan Goldman a.k.a JGthepoet Biography

Jonathan Goldman, known Internationally as 'JGthepoet', was born in Nottingham on 16 December 1943, and moved to London in August 1950. He started writing poetry in the year 2000, when he was diagnosed with the rare, incurable skeletal muscle disease called Myasthenia Gravis. He is a Practising Jew, and has a devout Faith in the Almighty. With his Myasthenia normally controlled by a drug cocktail, he can lead a reasonable life, but has had to make certain changes to his lifestyle and hobbies, as he is not allowed any exercise or sports. With Myasthenia, the more he uses his muscles, the weaker they become.

All of his poems are posted on and also on http: // and having written in excess of 500 poems he had decided to stop continually writing, but when he went into hospital in January 2014 he began again.

Several of his poems are of a religious nature, others of his view of the beauty of creation and of the world in which we live. Some are for friendship and peace, some in the Alphabetic and Acrostic format, and there are two very long love poems. Several of his poems are posted on other Poetry Sites.

In the U.K. The Poet Laureate is a Regal Appointment, however, on the International Poetry Scene, the term " Poet Laureate" signifies recognition by fellow International Poets, and he is gratified to be so recognised.

An Internet Search on the main Search Engines for " JGthepoet" will show most of his poems and where they can be found.

All of his poetry is (c) Copyrighted, but an email to for permission to publish may not be denied, but if you " Cut & Paste" any of his poetry, without permission, then Legal Action may be commenced against you for Breach of Copyright. Translating any of his poems into Languages other than English will be construed as a serious Breach of Copyright.

On his 70th Birthday, he took ill and was admitted into Hospital on 7th January 2014 with an infection in his foot ulcers. A MRI Scan on 9th January 2014 discovered that he had Osteomyelitis creeping up his right leg which was amputated across the knee on 31st January 2014. He left hospital on 7th April 2014 and has depicted his stay in hospital and Rehab in poetry. His amputation was a result of being hit by a supermarket trolley in 2003.

He is a resident in a JBD flat in Bushey, and when the Duchess of Gloucester officially opened the Court on 9 July 2014, he gave her a specially written poem, signed and framed to commemorate the event.” During his Rehab and since leaving hospital Jonathan is ever grateful to The Masonic Samaritan Fund, Patterson Medical and RentaScoota who have provided him with mobility equipment and have enabled him to lead a more active Life despite the fact that he is now an Amputee confined to a wheelchair.

In 2015 he wrote that “it is a great achievement for me as an Internationally recognised poet a.k.a. JGthepoet, and for Anglo Jewry that my poem entitled " Onomatopoeia" has been included in " Step Up! " which is a First Year English programme Text Book. The Authors of that Book state that “It addresses the requirements of Junior Cycle English in an innovative way that will develop students' appreciation of English and lay the groundwork for Second and Third Year assessment.
This Text Book is for the whole of the Schools in the Republic of Ireland for the ensuing 5 years, published by Folens.
He quotes from an email from Conor Walker who is the Commissioning Editor with Folens: -
" By way of introduction, I am a Commissioning Editor with Folens.
I am emailing you regarding the recent publication of your poem, Onomatopoeia, in our English book, Step Up!
Firstly, please let me say how pleased we were that you granted permission for us to use it. It is a wonderfully crafted poem and a lovely depiction of the formation of sounds through poetry, which lends itself brilliantly to student reflection, discussion and appreciation of poetry."
Another poem of his entitled " Lest We Forget The Holocaust" has been presented to Yad Vashem, Beth Shalom and at the Holocaust Education Trust.
Other poems and writings can be found on his website dedicated to the Memory of his late Parents ~

Copyright {c] Jonathan Goldman [JGthepoet] – 21 May 2015

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