the years I have written hundreds of poems (most of
which are extremely bad). I have had some published and
am happy to share them all with you. Please remember
that they were written at different periods in my life
and some are the ramblings of what you might think are
an unhinged mind.
are my attempts to be obtuse or clever and there are
many that I cannot imagine what made me write them.
There are also plenty that even I do not understand. So
you have them here warts and all and I will be adding as
soon as I have the time. They all come from a black
folder and I would like to re-print here my opening
pieces. Please remember that many of the ideas I put
forward in this poetry I no longer subscribe to and some
I find very embarrassing.
introduction by way of an explanation
following was written as an introduction to my first
poems and was written on 6th January 1972
anybody reading this book the poems inside may seem a
mere hotchpotch of ideas. To me they are something else.
Many represent my feelings towards different ideas and
different people at different phases in my life.
order roughly represents the order in which they were
written although this is not followed too rigidly in
first poems do represent my first serious writing
attempts. They may not be brilliant pieces, they may not
even be good but they are honestly written from the
heart. Surely this is the only real way to write poetry,
or at least it is the only way that I know.
of the people talked of are not known. They come from my
own personal experiences. A few even figure in my
imagination. Some of the places are fictitious but
nowhere have any names been changed to protect the
of it was written quickly and for this I do not
apologise because it was written to represent what was
happening to me at the time. Other poems were written
with thought. Others have been changed slightly but
their meaning remains the same. After all isn't it the
thought that counts initially?
contents of this book represent many enjoyable hours,
especially during 1971 when the idea came to me not just
to sit on my backside and let the world pass by but to
get inside that world and look at where I am.
like to think that they represent a broad section of my
world or the outside world as I know it. Whilst saying
this I readily acknowledge that my knowledge is
extremely narrow. I am always trying to improve this but
I suppose nobody can know everything.
I hope that explains my intentions rather more clearly
and if you still feel none the wiser after reading them
I can only apologise.
just hope they bring somebody as much pleasure as I have
had writing them.
were mistakes, some quick thoughts but they are all my
own effort and it is because of this that the collective
group is entitled: Poems from Mistake or straight from
© Peter Steward 1972
Second Introduction (18 months on)
second introduction was written on 19th June, 1973
in the front room of digs at Lowestoft I felt the need
on a slightly chilly and wet June night to write a
second introduction to my poetic thought.
thought it apt because of certain changes in both my
mind and position and also my writing.
feel the stay in Lowestoft from July 1972 to July 1973
(almost 13 months) helped to clarify and simplify my
a year's journalistic experience behind me I no longer
felt like writing poems so complex that even I could not
understand them. I gave up trying to put the world right
and started looking deeper at myself, trying to put
myself in order.
I got out of the bad habit of sitting down in a
deliberate manner with blank paper and forcing something
out. Instead I let ideas whirl around inside my head
until I felt I had to write them out. Often this meant
there were weeks when nothing got recorded on paper but
I became sure that when something was written down it
had a meaning. In fact through it I feel I became a
slightly better person.
a much wider point I feel that my poetry shows three
distinct periods. The first starts from the first
recorded poems, which indeed today cause me acute
embarrassment, and carry on until I begin the
metaphysical "Light" poetry with "I Came
Across A Pillar."
is difficult to explain that at that time I suppose my
poetry matured slightly and I felt a definite change in
second change was very much less marked but I feel it
occurred about "The Future of Man" which
coincided with the beginning of my period in Lowestoft.
it is all in the nature of a progression. After all
progression is something we must all go through. Perhaps
in six months time I will look back on the poetry I am
writing at the moment and it in turn will embarrass me.
© Peter Steward 1973
A year at Lowestoft over and a temporary stay in Norwich
as I approach my 21st birthday. Suddenly a week when
confidence grew and I stuck two fingers up at the world.
©Peter Steward 21st August 1973.
move to Cromer and life is suddenly very much more
complex. I longed for an intimate relationship and
problems and now I have got them I am not sure I can
handle the situation.
©:Peter Steward 10th March, 1974.
- January 1st, 1974
Falling In Love
Say the Word
Written in Holt
Written on the Day I Broke Up with the Only
Girl I have Ever Really Loved
Back the Tears
Don't Give a Damn
(April 29th, 1974
on Feeling Unsettled
Story - A Beginning?
(Just Another December 25th)
Unicorn and the Graveyard
on January 27th 1975 (Joy)
to Old Age
Morning Sick Feeling
|And Again ...
||Why, Where, Who, What, When, How
||Poem for My Wedding
||Glass on Glass
||Painter - February 13th, 1978