Martin TURNER

Rookie (February 9th 1948 / London, Westminster SW1)

Martin TURNER
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Raised in Post-War plenty, I could hear the chains of concentration camps rattling somewhere close by; but we children of the earnest fifties were soon etched by the permissions of 1965-1975; when these unwelcome hallucinations faded, so did many other false values; but patiently, like grass growing under a still-burning city, a Christian Taoist existentialism came to redeem an otherwise trite life.

After a psychology degree at Exeter University, I trained as a teacher and, in Scotland, as an educational psychologist. In psychology I have edited, authored and co-authored four books, including Psychological Assessment of Dyslexia (Whurr,1997) and Dyslexia Guidance (with Philippa... more »

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  • Anne Leaver (9/26/2004 7:13:00 AM)

    Hi Martin
    I guess we all got 'edited' - always an opportunity for growth, I say! I'm glad to see your work back here, too. Will spend time reading through this week.

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Atlantic Memoir

Night comes and the clenching of teeth.
Gone the ricercare of the birds.
A baroque sky of shell and pearl
gives way to one of dark silk.

Do you remember the man in the brown suit,
sipping his coffee in a shop by the front,
wandering with seven faces in the century’s mirrors,
now fêted in the bars along the sea?

In his verses the sea breathed,
the sea of the sweeping sleeve,
the sea sipping at the land,
the sea washing as an afterthought.

Inscrutable as a cat with the tail of a mouse
still hanging at the corner of its mouth,
he...

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