I'm a University Lecturer who loves teaching, but who is beginning to find that the yen to write from the heart for a non-academic readership is more important than to write from the head for a narrow academic audience of cognoscenti. That said, I have started my own business in France: 'Tonyversity' (www.tonyversity.com) doing management and English coaching for business people and finessing of English translations. Am presently building a personal poetry website called 'Tonyverses' (www.tonyverses.com) but it is slow work!
I used to play guitar and write music in my early years and had, until recently, thought that the muse of my youth was lost to me. She isn't. She took me by the hand and led me home to a place where there is no barrier between the heart and the page anymore.
I no longer have an office. It has become a study, a library, a haven where small miracles happen every day between nib and nap.
Oh, and did I mention... at long, long last, I love and am truly loved.
Fire on your finger,
Fire in your eye,
Fire in your spirit,
Fire that won’t die.
Today you’d have been a happy-go-lucky girl:
A teenager up to your eyes in make-up and Maths,
Chatting on MSN and mobile,
...For my daughter, upon watching her play piano and finding melodies of a beauty so far out of my reach...
Your left hand looked a lot like mine – but it wasn’t.
Your left hand moved a little like mine – but with far greater grace
It didn’t look good, that barely recognisable reflection –
Didn’t look at all like it should.