Switching Twitter Account

Just a quick note to let you all know I shall be turning my writer twitter account @thepoetscane off and using my main one @ScepticPoet instead.

I originally created the extra account because I wanted a dedicated account for updates on new books etc. that wouldn’t be tainted by drunken tweets shouting abuse at Donald Trump or unresponsive printers. It would also make it easier to follow particular accounts, as the lists function in twitter is a tad unwieldy. Turns out that constantly switching twitter accounts is even more unwieldy. Sometimes I would forget which account I was on and have an existential crisis. Poems? On my main account? Who do I think I am? Well, it’s all me, and now it will be on one tidy twitter account.

The twitter account for my long dormant satirical news website thescepticalpoet.com is still there @ScepticalPoet. I’m not sure why. It’s a similar name and confusing for all concerned, but one day I do aim to revive it in some form. Until then it lies there bloated and diseased on the rowdy beach of twitter, getting in the way of everyone’s good time.

So, to sum up: official writer stuff will now go to @ScepticPoet instead of @thepoetscane. I will keep the old account up for a while with a note in the bio to follow the other account. I’ll also update the information in the front of the books to show the right twitter account. If you have a copy with the old information, well, you now have a limited edition!

The facebook page remains the same.

Now I just have to concentrate on actually updating this blog on a regular basis. Watch this space.



The Egg That Ate the Chicken: Out Now

Hello all,

My second poetry collection, The Egg That Ate the Chicken, is out now and available to buy here from Lulu. It will be available worldwide via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in all good book shops in about six to eight weeks.

It’s more wide-ranging and accessible than Culture 99/01, so if you’ve been sitting on the fence, why not give this one a go?

This is what I do. Even if you buy just one of my books, it is worth everything to me. I appreciate the support immensely.

Thank you all,




Book Update


First of all I’d like to apologise for the online silence. It’s been a busy few months for me, and the lack of output on here has been infuriating for me. The plan was to release my work from the last two decades at a regular pace, at least a book monthly, but it has just not been possible.

However, I can tell you that book number two, The Egg That Ate the Chicken, is at the proof stage. As soon as the proof copy comes through I’ll make any changes that are needed and the book will be available to buy as soon as possible. I will of course let you guys know when that happens. I’m very happy with the poems in this collection and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Many thanks to those of you who bought copies of Culture 99/01. It’s the biggest honour I can receive to know people are actually reading my work.

Speak to you guys soon,




Culture 99/01: Out Now

Hello all,

My first chapbook is now published and is available to buy right now here at Lulu.com. It will also be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in about six to eight weeks time. An e-book version will appear too at some point (once I know what I’m doing).

This is something of a re-release of sorts. I wrote these poems back in 2001, and self-published them in a very short-lived run of about ten off the back of my home printer. I’m very proud of them. They were the first poems that I felt had a true and consistent voice of my own to them and I’m happy to see them in print properly as I’ve always wanted them to be.

It’s a short book, but I’m just getting started and there are larger books to come.

So, if you think this is something you might like, please buy a copy. Any support for what I do is appreciated more than you can know.

Below is a couple of poems from the book so you can get an idea of what it’s like.



Culture 01 – One

has a way with a baseball cap

rides appearance

breaks nobody

even has child


present blood under radical conditions

kiss cheek earring hair throat necklace arm bicep tattoo

I speak sometimes

many boys not like married

that character

this underworld

there his stars

Family written and Armageddon

Culture 01 – Six

Kylie in a bath

shadow on a floor

woman’s forehead fighting the beast

start covering

Edie Falco in tigerskin

plenty of martial arts thrown in

that way survived a grimmer past

picture 15 year olds walking down the street


arty and ponderous

bring your wellies

the scale’s intense


Harry Potter weds

Don’t panic

That’s amazing

murder dead lovers with hotel soap