Poet's Corner

Poetry from National poetry day 2019 on Andover Radio 6.30am until 9.30am

Truth’s rightful face

Twisted to a make a weapon for fools
perspective is not a collective entity
eventually will we see
that truth is a hydra
a multi faced dragon
but the only way to have justice
is to discover the rightful face
in the echoes of sanity
we will see the truth displayed.

By Dan Hooks AKA Alienpoet



but weightless 


not blameless

Imprisoned but free

You should give in, and say me. 

By Cathy Hendrick


Truth is as fragile as the gift of a new life,

It can be taken away or nurtured to shine bright,

Twisted for evil deeds like deception and greed,

Or left to its own devices in the hope it’ll succeed,

It’s set people free and helped better many persons,

It’s crippled lives and cast aspersions

Over palatable lies

It can raise your head proud or can cause you to be aloof,

But if you don’t treat it right the real victim is the truth

By Ginge/Marcus Harrowell


Should I speak the truth to you

And watch your smile fade?

Replace it with confusion

A hateful honest trade?

Must your eyes be always open

To the world outside?

Disabused of fantasies

And not allowed to hide?

Do you deserve the harshness 

Of reminders day on day

That things aren’t all as you believe

And the past must slip away?

Should I say your husband’s dead

And I’m not your sister Ruth

I’m someone paid to care for you?

No – I’ll protect you from that truth.

Because you think you’re going home

To fifty years ago

So I won’t crush with honesty

The happiness you know.

By SJ Platt

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.