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Framed by the poems "How To Love A Woman" (Patrica Pfahl) and "The Scent of Trees" (Belinda Dupret), Trevor Maynard has curated an eclectic anthology of poetry, mostly garnered from social and professional networking. The idea is to capture the zeitgeist, Poetry of The Now, organically grown and nurtured, to explore the human condition, entertain, and educate.


As well as the single poem sections FOREWORD and AFTERWORD; there as QUESTIONS, seven poems seeking answers to love and life; CONSUMED, eight poems jumping off from technology and social structure of modern consumerist society; EARTHLY, nine poem on Nature and Man’s place in/against it; and HUMANE, explorations of the human condition, ten poems of mortality and loss.


Below is a taste of the poetic style and themes in the anthology, which will hopefully give you a good feel for the book as a whole. All clips are copyright the authors and are used by permission. They are reproduced from The Poetic Bond IV, edited by Trevor Maynard, and published by Willowdown Books © 2014.


At the Cost of Others’ Eyes © RH Peat

“Film of dust upon your heart

will you kneel in this quagmire

for the scraps the jackal has left behind,

or will you soar like a Snowy Owl

before the sheer mountain's white cliffs

wanting to be those eyes inside the night?”


Daddy, who the moon in half? © Bonnie Roberts

“I lie in my scratchy Mission blanket,

Shiver for the Truth,

Plead, hold out my arms,

Like the Starving Pilgrim.”


Wrangle © Mark Beechill

“Get to work

Stare at a screen

Fudge numbers

Stare at the scars on my hand

Hide in the toilet

Doubt the meaning of existence

Eat lunch

Feel sleepy

Go out

Walk in the woods

See a squirrel

Come back

Stare at the screen

Watch the clock

Think about the cat

Think about girls

Listen to the music in my head

Hide in the toilet again”


Art Show © Rosalind Brenner

“Her body is the war zone.

Her art, the bi-polarity of existence.

Behind her a naked man and woman,

face to face. Walk through the narrow space

between them to the rest of her exhibit.”


Obsidian © Patricia Pfahl


many laughing women

showing berry-stained teeth

keep the meat

scrape the hide”


Another Kind of Sunset © Clark Cook

on the hard wet sand at the frothy edge of the receding tide, a red snapper lies in curved rigid pose, one side half-skeletal…”


Alzheimer Blues I – It’s OK © Diane Jardel

“Oh I’ve put your pyjamas on again

But you are laughing so it’s OK

You have to watch me like a baby

But I know it’s OK when you smile at me.”


What was left © Cigeng Zhang

“Petals fallen

Essence rotten

Where to join

A funeral march”


Clarity © Trevor Maynard

“Every moment so clear, as if it were

Yesterday, or now; we staggered from

Party to party, abject in our failing with

Girls; astonished at our success, with girls

That innocence, growing up together, clarity”


To Set a Big Cry Free © Peter Hagen

“It’s full of

hunted reason”


Editors' Notes


1. FOR A PDF PRESS COPY OF THE POETIC BOND IV, contact Trevor Maynard at on 0 44 7966 079968 or by snail mail at Willowdown Books, 105 Crockford Park Road, Addletone, Surrey, UK, KT15 2LP


2. Trevor Maynard, UK based poet and writer, manager of Poetry, Review and Discuss Group, a major poetry group on LinkedIn.  His new poetry collection is KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON (was published November 27 2012).  He is also the author of several plays.  Further information at


3.The Poets of The POETIC BOND IV (2014) are; Christine Anderes (USA), Mark Beechill (UK), Scott Pendragon Black (USA), Rosalind Brenner (USA) Clark Cook (Canada), Catherine DeWolf (USA), William DiBenedetto (USA), Belinda Dupret (UK), Bonnie J. Flach (US), G A. Franke (USA), Ingrid Gjelsvik (Norway), GK Grieve (UK), Peter Hagen (Norway), Seamus Harrington (Eire), Diane Jardel (Eire), Trevor Maynard (UK), Clare Mikkelsen (USA), Jude Neale (Canada), Hongvan Nguyen (USA), RH Peat (USA), Patricia Pfahl (Canada), Bonnie Roberts (USA), Sayed H. Rohani (Afghanistan), Peter Alan Soron (UK), Cigeng Zhang (China)