i will not
of war

that bestiality
of man

for death
on my shoulder

i’ll sing
of leaves bursting
with spring
and of a summer’s lust
for sun
on poppies
that will never know
the thunder
from bewildered

i’ll miracle
the rain
to wine
until the fall
of night

brings out
the bats
to flirt
with shooting stars

go waltzing
into hush
of oaks




Milner Place took to writing poems in English in his late fifties and has since had 10 poetry books published. The latest is a selection from all his books, The man who had forgotten the names of trees, Moloko Print, by the editor Ralf Friel, with artwork from the noted artist Harald Haeuser. This volume also includes an essay on his work by the late Todd Moore. He has worked for BBC radio and television as a writer.

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