I don't like it when friends give me things they've written to read - what, exactly, am I supposed to say after I've read it? If it's terrible (and it more than likely will be), I haven't got the heart to let them know. I actually consider it a bit rude be given the thing in the first place, it takes advantage of centuries of English politeness and reserve to ensure positive feedback, not matter how fake…the bastards!
Now, with Nick's poetry it's different. I heard them performed them before I read any. Friends had their favourites and some were written to commemorate events and happenings amongst us, he's our modern-day bard. It was many years ago I had the idea of 'doing' something with them. I had no idea where to start to be honest: art works, book (which we have no money to publish) and then, finally, this site.
I know Nick well but when I read the poems I don't hear his voice, there's room for me to make my own interpretation and that is testament to how well I think they're written. I find some of them moving, some hilarious and many slightly disturbing but I like being slightly disturbed and if you do, you're in for a treat. They take you to a dark and wonderful place and make you feel okay for being there. I have no idea how they stand against other poems, I don't care for poetry that much to be honest. I just wanted to make the site to ensure they could seen by as many people as possible, they deserve far more attention than they've had.
So, kick back, make a cuppa and enjoy a journey through some strange places. I hope you enjoy the ride…