John Stuart chairs the Somerset poets’ group, Fire River Poets, and runs the Poetry at The Brewhouse series of readings and poetry cafés. He speaks French, German and Russian; and he is at present working on some translations of Rilke’s Duino Elegies. John is a member of Fire River Poets group, based in Taunton.
Sample poem: Martins
Personal website: www.fireriverpoets.org.uk/poets/biog-john-stuart
Word of mouth (2009)
You will always worry when he goes missing
but even the fox respects a boy
who needs to whip thistles or pull bark
from a tree. On his wandering trail,
he may kick an adder into the brush
or his heart may stop at a tussle of wind.
Extract from “Don’t go far”