Fans Roman and Mourinho, Lend Me Your Ears?
I've been writing poetry for about five or six years now, Its been really cool to see some of my stuff published by the football poets on their site.
I'm a Chelsea fan foremost but a big fan of the game at whatever level and the beauty of the written word and the poetry in motion of some of the games, players I've seen has led me and many others like me to pen quite a lot of football poetry.
Thats why I think this is such a cracking site to air your views in verse on whats going on in the game today.
Poetry is a hobby that I use to relieve work stress and I find it works as great theraphy for me after a long hard day at the small printing works I own in partnership with my wife in the East End of London.
I try wherever I can to use my writing to describe games and places that I've been to see games and all that's involved with this terrific thing we know as football, to the best of my ability.
I've written, printed and put together, a non-profit book of poetry, that we sold in return for donations for a homeless charity in London's Camden Town called The Aisling Return to Ireland Project. We sold a 600 books with donations coming from all over the world. It was so successful and with so many requests for more that a second book is about to be launched, bigger and better than the last!!
The majority of my work has a strong Irish feel and flavour to it as I'm of Irish descent and have vivid re-collections of growing up here in London, Cork and Limerick which is where my parents are from.
I've had my work produced in newspapers, fanzines, web sites, poetry compilations, which has been really cool because a lot of my work started out as essays which I wasn't very happy about, so I then decided to try them as poems, to see how they worked that way. After showing them to a few people and getting very positive feedback - I was off and running.
I like the idea that through poetry and verse you can have a voice and an opinion that makes people sit up and take notice of what you've got to say, whether they like it or not is another story!
My poetic influences are very varied and include some people who I found so different from the main stream, that they appealed to me such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Adrian Mitchell, Gil Scott-Heron, W.H Auden, Edna St Vincent Millay, Ogden Nash, Sir John Betjamin, Robert Frost, Stephen Spender and Louis MacNeice.
I'm a Londoner by birth, married with two grown up children, my wife and the kids have been great supporters of my stuff right from the start and the editors at football poets have been very helpful in sorting out my grammar and spelling which were very rusty, to say the least!
Any kids out there reading this, make sure you go on and finish your education! I didn't and look what happened to me? I'm just learning to reed rite and get the drift of rithmatic at my age, still as they say in Cork....what harm?
I hope you enjoy reading my stuff as much as I have enjoyed writing it!