I am delighted to welcome poet and author, Kevin Morris, to Robbies Inspiration today with a post about his new book, The Selected Poems of K Morris. Kevin is a wonderful writer and I have read and reviewed a few of his delightful poetry books.
I will now hand over to Kevin to tell you a bit about his writing process and to share a poem from this collection:
Whilst sitting at the oak table in my mum’s dining room, in Liverpool, I became aware of the steady ticking of the wall mounted, battery driven clock. The steady tick tock of that clock led me to compose the below poem, which is entitled, “This Ticking Clock Calms“:
This ticking clock calms.
Just the steady tick tock
Of this battery driven clock.
It is growing dark outside.
I shall put aside
And think on the tick tock
Of the ever present clock
That does, for now, measure
My work and leisure.
Ever since I can remember, I have had a fascination with clocks, particularly traditional, pendulum clocks. Whilst my mum’s clock is not an old-fashioned timepiece, its ticking does (as with all clocks) remind me of my own mortality. Traditional clocks run down, whilst the batteries in modern timepieces expire. Ultimately we too succumb to a loss of power. Organs fail with age, or we are subject to an accident and die.
As I sat listening to that clock, I felt, (as I always feel when contemplating time), a sense of humility. “The proud and the humble all must tumble into the grave”, as I put it in my poem “There are No Pockets in a Shroud“.
“This Ticking Clock Calms“, and “There are No Pockets in a Shroud“, can be found in my Selected Poems.
About Kevin Morris
Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool, on 6 January 1969. He attended the Royal School for the Blind and Saint Vincent’s School for the Blind (both of which are located in Liverpool). He has happy memories of leafing through “Palgrave’s Golden Treasury”, “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library. It was during his time in the school library, together with the many hours spent sitting on his grandfather’s knee as he read to me, that Kevin derived his love of literature and poetry in particular.
Kevin read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory.
In 1994 Kevin moved to London where he now lives and works. He is lucky to live close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of greater London). Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and is one of the greenest parts of greater London.
Kevin uses a standard Windows computer equipped with software called Job Access with Speech or JAWS, which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to compose my poetry and perform other tasks on his computer.
You will find some of Kevin’s poetry on his lovely blog here: https://kmorrispoet.com/
My review of Lost in the labyrinth of my mind
You can read my review of Lost in the labyrinth of my mind here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/poetryreadathon-lost-in-the-labyrinth-of-my-mind-by-kevin-morris/