The Preface for my 15th book of poetry: Dark Matter For Dark Ages

Preface

I have been writing these poems through a very dark period of our time. Our world is in crisis.

It is interesting for me to look back through these poems. Some are humorous, some were written in despair or fury, and then others were written with a feeling of blissful wonder. It is interesting for me to see how my mood changes.

Sometimes I am ashamed to be human, sometimes I am ashamed to be British and then something happens that fills me with hope and optimism and my faith is restored. We are a species of two distinct sides. No wonder so many books have dwelt upon our duality.

Out of this gloom of populist lies, fascist leanings, global crisis and mass extermination, hopefully there will be a new dawn and we’ll give full rein to the better side of our nature.

I do hope so.

Opher 4.11.2019

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