About Justin’s poems

I have written 100s of poems but only some are on this website. However, there isn’t a great deal of interest in poems I have found. Most interest is in full length novels. They take a long time to write.

It took me a long time to realise what sort of poetry I was writing. I was introduced to confessional poetry at uni in 2015/8. I realised most of mine was confessional poetry. However, I don’t want to put all that online free for all to read. So where do you draw the line? I could put on some of my beat/avant-garde poetry, but where does it cross the line into personal? My poems often feature political comment. But since 2020 I woke up big time and, I didn’t realise then, my views are controversial, or not, who really knows now? Also, a lot of my old ideas got thrown out of the window. See other articles on this website to find out what I’m talking about. Suffice to say, when you add political content, it’s possible some of ones old ideas can suddenly look very silly in light of new events. Finally, a lot of my poems are experimental and better not to have them all public.

My favorite poet as a kid was Edward Thomas. Then I liked Bukowski. I definitely like avant-garde poetry, modern stuff. I quite like Sophie Robinson‘s stuff. Some of the beat poetry (like Michael McClure) was ok, but the main bulk of the beat poets and their motivations trouble me.

When I write poems I don’t write pages and edit down, I grow the poem up. I’ve known some poets who write pages and whittle down into a few lines. I used to read my poems at events in London and Norwich. I did have a bunch on YouTube but that platform troubles me.

I did put all my poems in a self-published book called shatter but unpublished it as there is no demand.