Out of the blue one morning, nineteen years after we split, came a vision of my first love, Ella: dead, lying in a coffin on some foreign shore, surrounded by strangers in mourning, and no place for me. It was unbearably vivid and it tore a void in my soul. I realised in that moment that all those old ‘forever’ promises were still in force, as strongly as they ever were. And if nineteen years could not diminish them, neither shall the remainder of a lifetime.

I discovered poetry at just the right time. A shout-out here to Stephen Fry’s ‘The Ode Less Travelled’, which made the subject accessible. Writing Ella’s Flight, my first poetry e-book, helped me to cope with the trauma that followed in the wake of that vision. The process of writing wasn’t cathartic, exactly, but the poems felt as if they had some worth – and the e-book route (and subsequently this blog) offered publicity – and the chance of the big prize: to have someone else connect with my heartfelt work.

So that’s how it all started, how I became a poet. I’m keen now to drag myself away from bleak themes and explore other aspects of poetry and be the best poet I am capable of being…



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Neil Capstone

I’m an aspiring poet; my goal is to explore a range of themes and styles and create a worthwhile and enduring body of work.

I'm keen to improve my technique, hone my judgement, refine my taste. Above all, I hope to find those (few?) out there who can "connect with" - or simply enjoy - my poems. I welcome your feedback: please leave comments on this blog or with an e-book retailer or contact me direct at neil.capstone.poetry@gmail.com

Tread softly on these cloths...

Thank you.

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