In 2011, Tom set up this website to make available a small selection of his poems, and to give some information about where to buy his books.
In his own words, the website was “to give some public expression to the hope – and dare I say, the feeling – that I am, as Philip Larkin puts it, ‘in the smallest way in the same line of business’ as all the poets whose work has meant the world to me.”
Sadly, in 2012, Tom became ill and died, aged 62.
We, his family, hope to maintain these pages, and we thank you for visiting.
Poetry is either language lit up by life, or life lit up by language. (Peter Porter)
To give a sense of the freshness or vividness of life is a valid purpose for poetry. (Wallace Stevens)
I hold that the mission of poetry is to record impressions, not convictions. (Thomas Hardy)
… a poem is a way to share a secret without telling it…. (Kate Greenstreet)