John Stuart

John StuartJohn Stuart chairs the Somerset poets’ group, Fire River Poets, and runs the Poetry at The Brewhouse series of readings and poetry caf├ęs. He speaks French, German and Russian; and he is at present working on some translations of Rilke’s Duino Elegies. John is a member of Fire River Poets group, based in Taunton.

Sample poem: Martins

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Oversteps publications

Word of mouth (2009)

You will always worry when he goes missing
but even the fox respects a boy
who needs to whip thistles or pull bark

from a tree. On his wandering trail,
he may kick an adder into the brush
or his heart may stop at a tussle of wind.

Extract from “Don’t go far”