Poet's Corner


Changes are all around us

They are happening every day

Some are not very welcome 

And other we’d like to stay. 

Take Andover as an example

Once a small market place

But over the years it has grown so much

at such an overwhelming pace

Factories, roads , out of town shops 

Have sprung up everywhere 

Huge residential housing estates

On ground that was once bare

The High Street which was always bustling 

With people ,buses and cars

Has now become pedestrianised

But is this a step too far?  

The atmosphere Is missing

People don’t stop to chatter

They are far too busy rushing everywhere

And doing things that matter

Lots of shops are empty

Because the rates are far too high

It’s killing off local businesses

And others are “ just getting by”

Back in the sixties we had butchers

Greengrocers and bakers as well

Now we go to the out of town supermarkets

Cos whatever we need they sell!

The town has some beautiful buildings

The Globe and The Angel  to name but a few

All with real local historical value

In the past Royalty stayed as they passed through

Over the years Andover has seen so much change

But it still has lots to give 

And there’s nowhere else in this whole wide world

That I would rather live!!

By Carole Payne

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.