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m a r k   w r i t e s :

Poetry is many things to me, as a reader it is a place to take refuge, a place to get lost in, a place of learning, but I think, at the end of the day, it is largely about epiphanies. As a writer it is about saying what others are sometimes unable to say. I would like to think that I help people to remember.

Poetry cares little for solitude, in this it is not unlike love: it is an attempt after all to penetrate the consciousness of another human being.

Every poem is an uncontrolled transgression.

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I I was born in 1969 in Holme Valley Memorial Hospital, Holmfirth, England. I studied Philosophy on my degree at North Staffordshire Polytechnic. I studied for an MA in Poetry at Huddersfield University but had to drop out due to alcoholism. In 1996 I published a small collection of poems, Tin Cat Alley with a local Yorkshire publisher, Spout Publications. I stopped drinking alcohol in 1999. In 2005, I finished my manuscript, Our Little Bit Of Immortality, which is a group of poems based on the paintings of David Hockney. I continue to live and write in Huddersfield, now with a sober head. I am currently looking for a publisher for my latest manuscript, Nightwatchman and Muse.

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