Martin TURNER

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

Biography of Martin TURNER

Martin TURNER poet

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 Bodien: nferNelson,2007) , as well as numerous chapters and articles.

As regards poetry – always a longer purpose - in 1992 I published Trespasses with Faber and Faber and in 2006 The Deer of Tamniès with PublishAmerica. My wife, a friend and I published translations from the modern Persian during the 1980s. Both poetry and translations have won prizes.

Martin TURNER's Works:

Trespasses (Faber,1992)
The Deer of Tamnies (PublishAmerica,3rd April 2006)
See also: www.mvlturner.wordpress.com

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Dreaming Of The Dead

From time to time the dead come
for their allotted meeting like prisoners,
jostling, and sit on the bench to wait.
The hands of the carver
recognise each face.

My father is among them.
To him I go first, assuring him
that he is always first for me,
as if he needed
this reassurance.

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