Poet's Corner

The White Hart story (an Andover tale)

At midnight my Grandad used to say to my Mum
hold onto this story don’t be glum
the White Hart deer on top the pub in Andover will come alive
and then take a drink from the River Anton to survive

from the White Hart deer who takes a drink in the River Anton
to the ones we tell to our children about mysterious stories and phantoms
but do not forget that a story is in our lives one and all
and bed time stories never fall
on deaf ears
children love to hear
ones they’ve heard many a time
even delivered in rhyme.


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.