My latest book of poems

Jude the Unshrewd

Photo of the Dalai Lama in yellow robe with other lamas in crimson robes.
Photo of the Dalai Lama in yellow robe with other lamas in crimson robes.
Dalai Lama at MIT (Creative Commons)

Her name was Helen –
from Australia –
and it was all a very long time ago:
the late 1960s.
Helen managed a shop
selling eastern ethnic goods
near the British Museum;
one of those shops which really stank
– very attractively, I thought — of incense,
fresh leather, animal skins and immersive
otherworldly exoticism. Why
bother going to…