the first time I met Mike was when we both shared a left with a young
gentleman by the name of Dylan Moore, on our way to the Hay on Wye
festival, perhaps in 2006. Practically all we talked about on the journey was Cardiff
City FC, a conversational topic you might think of as pretty much
inexhaustible, but we had a good go at exhausting it.
then, I’ve encountered Mike at various other events, including at the
launch of his last Red Poets magazine in Blackwood, where he kindly
allowed me to read.
in Merthyr, and has done for 30 years. He has had several books published,
the latest being a novel, The Fugitive Three
which you can buy from Cinnamon
HERE. His most recent book of poetry is
Walking on Waste,
from which the first two poems (right) are taken. This book is published by Carreg Gwalch,
Forthcoming publications are
Climbing-Tree, a novella for teenagers
(due out this autumn from Pont Books) and a book of open field poetry
called Moor Music, due in 2010
City do not yet have an “official” poet, but Mike considers himself to be
the unofficial poet of the club, and in fact had a poem published in the
last programme. I didn’t get to see it, so I can’t tell you which poem it
was, but anyone interested would need to buy the programme for Cardiff v
Nottingham Forest, 31 January 2009.
Mike has recently set up a website –
www.mikejenkins.net – which you may care to
visit for more info about February’s Guest Poet.
GUEST POET 3
She Waded In
We Ewsed t be Ooverville
Ballad of Jean Charles
Remember the Nicknames
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