Biography of Mal Foster
Re-Invented is Mal Foster’s debut collection under his own name. He started writing poetry in the mid-seventies after leaving school at just fifteen. His work has since achieved cult status on the small press scene and many a university campus – extraordinary when you consider his own educational background is virtually non-existent.
Under his former pseudonym his poetry has appeared in various poetry magazines, newspapers and periodicals culminating in the inclusion of ‘Death Of A Football Club’ in the Northern Arts anthology ‘Verses United’. Here his work rubbed shoulders with that of many of this country’s poetry heavyweights including Wes Magee, Attila The Stockbroker, Tony Harrison, Adrian Henri, Michael Horovitz and Tom Pickard. The book also contained material by Melvyn Bragg, Stewart Hall, Eric Cantona and Bobby Robson.
“Mal has achieved a great deal since the emergence of ‘Wire Poetry Magazine’ in the late eighties and has published a fair volume of work by other poets that will stand as a worthy record; the most important part of which has been his encouragement to new and younger poets. The ’emerging’ –some of whom will develop as a result; will no doubt pay him due credit. I hope they do! I will long recall the regard shown by Mal to my own work and will send him my next collection when it is ready. Meanwhile, I will continue to follow his progress. Any poet blessed with the talent to write a poem such as 'Peepshow' has an obviously growing ability which will grow much further.” - Bill Littlewood – (author of two National Poetry Foundation titles) .
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Mal Foster Poems
The wedding: it must be right everything must go to plan be exact to near perfection.
Behind the trees the red road leading to the end of summer we wandered by the rhododendron
I had this book for years and the poem about you locked between the pages
Platform 8 - Victoria
First steps of a journey - I am one alone among the many lost amid assorted faces pounded by instructions
Solitude found. At last there is a purity and purpose about the silence. Only children's voices
I Remember You
With you somewhere deep in a memory
Something I Wrote
Something I wrote was for you a letter torn between the tears,
In the heat of the dragonfly summer we sat drinking the wine of serious intellect. It was two days before your wedding
Your heart stopped and the day went cold and then it started again and my body was warm
It is a short journey here to the dark chamber of judgement where the thought process is peeled apart by thought itself.
Your existence re-invented life renewed laid out bare
When ready you pretend to die you close down your life
Ghost Of My Grandfather
1939. Sgt. Stanley Foster. A man manacled with loyalty peeping out. This is the ghost we see,
The Girl Addict
I stopped to tell you but you would not listen. I began with a sense of mercy, sympathy. As this deepened
Ghost Of My Grandfather
1939. Sgt. Stanley Foster.
A man manacled with loyalty
This is the ghost we see,
uniformed and armed,
political and opinionated
waiting for the Hun!
An unknown intelligence
waiting to inflict
with discreet and subtle calculation
his finest hour