Published: 28/05/2017
ISBN: 9781788035569
eISBN: 9781788031875
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Matthew Rhodes was born in Nottingham and educated at Oxford University, where he studied Engineering, Economics and Management while spending his time reading poetry and philosophy (and doing many ot... read more

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Bathing Strictly Prohibited
by Matthew Rhodes

Bathing Strictly Prohibited is a collection of poems inspired by the middle years of the eclectic life of a British entrepreneur. The voice that comes through is coloured by a consistent love of history, humanity, and nature.

Some days a meeting might feel like the last stand of the Saxons against the Norman conquest; on others the challenges of the day may pale into insignificance compared to the beauty of an autumn sunset.

There is something in these poems for everyone who sets out to achieve or change something, especially while juggling aspiration with commitment to family and love of the world around them.

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Bathing Strictly Prohibited will be available from May 2017 in both traditional and e-book formats.

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Bathing Strictly Prohibited is a beautiful, haunting collection of poetry, whose language evokes times long past, breathing shape to the ephemeral. The poems are divided into two categories- places, and moments. Some of my favourites were Dawn in the Alps, On the site of a former power station in the Midlands, Dunstanburgh Castle, Evening in the mountains, The bus depot, 'Bathing Strictly Prohibited’, In the garden at Cragside, Napoleon at Waterloo, The end of the siege, A Christmas cake, and Song of the forest. These particular poems resonated with my own spirituality and values most, or else called to the anthropologist and archaeologist in me.

The poems in this collection are ones that enchant the mind, and enthrall the senses, waking the thrum of Awen within and rousing dormant creativity. You are invited to see the slumbering history all around you, in monuments and abandoned sites where once people dwelt, or to find in the most mundane of objects, say….a Christmas cake… a bewitching trip around the globe. I would love to read more poetry by Mr Rhodes.

by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson


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