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Out Of The Walled Garden

Out Of The Walled Garden

by Clive Gilson
Out Of The Walled Garden

Out Of The Walled Garden

by Clive Gilson


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All of these poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies published between 2001 and 2011. Although I did produce an earlier, less inclusive edition of Out Of The Walled Garden a few years ago, this new edition includes all of my previously published pieces.

I've largely neglected these poems for the last decade. After the death of my late wife, Karen, in 2010, I lost the heart to continue working in this vein, but now, putting this collection together properly, I've finally found a little of that lost enthusiasm.

As I've worked through each piece, I've also put together some brief notes about the background or thoughts associated with the poem, and I think that this jogging of old memories is important. Over time we lose sight of the people that we once were, traveling further from our source, leaving a trail that slowly becomes overgrown with the weeds of forgetfulness, and we should, I think, try to keep our paths clear so that we can, if we choose to, retrace a few of our steps.

Over the summer I edited a memoir that my father wrote before memory loss took its toll on his abilities, and I wonder, perhaps, if that has made me feel a little nostalgic. If that is the case, then I'm glad of it. It's been good to reminisce and revisit old thoughts. Some of these thoughts and memories are, of course, painful, but in working on these poems I think that some of those sharper points have become a little duller.

It's actually been fun, and I'm all for that.

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ISBN-13: 9781913500405
Publisher: Clive Gilson
Publication date: 12/31/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 162
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

I was born in 1962 into a predominantly sporting household - Dad being a good footballer, playing senior amateur and lower league professional football in England, as well as running a series of private businesses in partnership with mum, herself an accomplished and medal winning dancer. I obtained a degree in History from Leeds University before wandering rather haphazardly into the emerging world of business computing in the late nineteen-eighties. A little like my sporting father, I followed a succession of amateur writing paths alongside my career in technology, including working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer, my one claim to fame being a by-line in a national newspaper in the UK, The Sunday People. I also spent 10 years treading the boards, appearing all over the south of the UK in pantos and plays, in village halls and occasionally on the stage of a professional theatre or two. Following the sporting theme, and a while after I hung up my own boots, I worked on live TV broadcasts for the BBC, ITV, TVNZ, EuroSport and others as a rugby "Stato", covering Heineken Cups, Six Nations, IRB World Sevens and IRB World Cups in the late '90's and early '00's. I try to combine my love of storytelling with a passion for information technology, and am currently Vice President - Technology with a major UK FinTech company. You can find out more about my work and contact me at:

Table of Contents


Arif's Legs

At One Blow

Balancing Mixed Vegetables on A Motorway Bridge

Burning Books


Ghost Lies in Light

Hesperus Wrecked

Lena's Parting Gifts

Mollie Smokes Players

Roses Remembered

The Man Who Loves Comets

Angel Falls

Breakfast with Audrey


A Broken Heart

Blind Man Bathing

Boys in Summer

Chairs Remember Too

Closing of the Chapel


In for The Kill

Into the Walled Garden

Let's All Move to France

Miss You

Out of The Walled Garden

The Colour of Her Eyes

Screaming At The Sea

Highford Winter

Seven of Eight

Words Fail Me

Blessed by the Moon's Blush

Evidence of Sleep

Our Lady of Silence

Why the Dog Goes Early to Bed...

Cold Shore Ballad

For the Long Down Road

John, Terrorist

Princess of the Western World

The Man with the Snake Oil Tongue

Boy Comes Home



A Short History of Old Buildings

Cancer Ward

Dirty Tumours

Explorer 242

Quiet Time in a Crowd

Little Black Rain Cloud

On the Doorstep

Pretty in Pink

Short-sighted Bees

The Insomniac Booth

As Old as Geoffrey Boycott

Death of a Comic

Falling in Love with Emma Peel

Wind Shear


Cinderella in the Park

Killing Time

Sheer Act of Will

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