Early Morning in the Library #2

Early morning in the libraryTrying to find the rhymes to sayWhy I’m, with my books beside me,Ethno method oli day? ‘They’re not proper words’ you might think,Merely noises on the way,On the way to where they might beEthnomethodology? Yes, its an ethnomethodology day. And that was, sort of, a sociology poem. All’s well here – […]

The Waters of Mars: Seeing Like a Rover

Talking about Janet Vertesi’s book, in a travelling across the solar system and going into orbit around the Red Planet kind of way. I’ve always been fascinated by Mars. Not quite for as long as I can remember, but nearly. About seven years old I had a book about the Solar System, which I would […]

These Early Mornings

I love these early mornings,Before the rest of the world wakes upAnd the sun’s still thinking about it.I think more freely and don’t worry at all,It’s still too early you see?In this free time, while no one’s watching. I love this early thinkingBefore an idea settles down,When it might yet go anywhereAnd the morning’s still […]

Learning the Craft

Some more words and reflections on how things are going with my work, my imagination and this learning. Today is a structure day for the final essay in what I think I’ll look back on as ‘the first three’. The three I’ll have written over these three weeks or so while Christmas and the New […]

All is calm, all is dark: December thoughts

I’m writing this down so I’ll remember how quiet it was, when the maytime comes, the days are bright and LFC are once again in the final of the Champions League. And when, in the light of the same springtime, unexpectedly principled political leadership has pulled us out of the social and economic abyss David […]

On Smithdown: Walking Home

Sometimes you just want to walk. After a day’s thinking, conversation and writing, you just want to walk. It’s dark now, like it’s mostly dark. The street lights not long turned off as I walked into university this morning. And now, I’d guess, they’ve been back on at least a couple of hours. ‘The darkling’ […]