Biography of Richard George
I was educated at Oxford University, reading Latin and Greek at The Queen's College. The college's outstanding poet is Ernest Dowson.
I was awarded a Doctorate on the Roman epigrammatist Martial in 1994.
The following year I had a breakdown and had to abandon the academic life. The year after that the Muses came. Nothing has been the same since.
I have been published in nearly 50 different British small press magazines and have two full-length collections of poetry. More than half the poems on this website are new and will belong to a third.
I am also working on verse translations of the Roman satirist Juvenal and Greek epigrams from the Palatine Anthology.
I live in St.Albans, near London, with my widowed mother. We enjoy feeding grey squirrels.
Richard George's Works:
Vertigo Swimming (Baikal Press, St.Albans; 2004) .
A Pocket Of Mice (Baikal Press, St.Albans; 2006) .
Richard George Poems
at first, sunlight changing; then
dusky, or faded,
according to her moods:
and when they sensed a coming storm
they crept into corners.
Of all these London numberless
I love one:
my old shoes pound her name,
I am always one step up on you:
when you say two, I am three, and four.
I always have the right excuse,
With ages left to go:
We sweep our desks, and chase each other
The Amniotic Briny
Glaucous eye of Homer
inscrutable, then turquoise shoaled
violet, wink of the wisp,
down the man-mountain she draws
me, slow of step, rapt in her procession.
Her breath is on my face
as I barefoot hard shingle.
Returning, all are returning who gaze