Unspoken Video

Check out the brand new video and new recording for the poem Unspoken. Originally written for my 2014 book Lights From The Lowlands, but finds a home in the pages of my new book of selected poems Life Begins At Forty, which will be released on February 22, 2022.

The poem is a tale of loneliness and lost love, and sees the narrator trapped remembering the sacrifices both lovers made to be together yet unable to move on after the other has left.

It strikes me, reading the work back, just how vulnerable we are in love. How we open up to another person, leaving ourselves exposed to hurt and suffering if our love is not reciprocated. In that act we risk pain and loss; we can lose our way and our voice, but what a thrill to live in such a magnificent storm!

I have always said, tI write in the hope that someone else might relate to the words I place on the page and can feel some community. I hope you are not in the situation of our narrator here, but if you are, that you know you are not alone, and that even the most turbulent storms pass.

Video for the Poem Unspoken taken from Life Begins At Forty: 40 Selected Poems

UNSPOKEN

We came so far,
crossed borders to brave the bridleway of her hair;
angel yarn, spun with skill upon the loom of heaven.
Light-thread weaved through black coffee skies,
to tie the moon,
to tether its phantom to this heart of stars.

The world moved on,
but I remained at her breast, listening to the drum;
the resonance of remembrance
braced against the long low growls of thunder
that linger upon the cracked lips of love.

So tonight, if I am speechless, it is only because
she has captured the wild wolf of my voice
and let it loose upon the moors to howl.


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On Life Begins At Forty:

When Phillip Mellor published his debut collection of poetry, Still Growing back in 2007, he fulfilled a dream he had held since he was sixteen years old, and introduced the world to his unique brand of verse. Little did he know that fifteen years later, on the cusp of turning forty years old, he would have published a further nine books, two e-book shorts, and would be releasing Life Begins At Forty, a personally selected collection of 40 of his best poems, including previously unreleased versions of The Beach, and Winter.

Phillip Mellor has built a reputation of being a poet with a strong unique voice. His poems are both deeply personal, and unequivocally universal. They celebrate both the natural world around us and the inner world of our hearts. He has been described as a modern day troubadour, whose poems are lyrical and full of heart. If you are new to his work, this book is the perfect place for you to start your exploration.

Life Begins At Forty will be released on February 22, 2022, and will be available in Paperback and Kindle e-book editions.

Paris, Again

Here is the next video in the series of videos I have been producing for the Blue In Green collection. This one is for the poem Paris, Again. Multimedia work has always interested me and doing this series of videos has allowed me to explore some ideas on how to present poetry to people in a different way. There is more to come. If you like what you hear, please consider supporting my work by picking up a copy of the book at Amazon (the link to the book are below the video) If you are one of those lovely people who have already picked up a copy of Blue In Green and you have enjoyed it, could I ask you to visit the book’s page on Amazon and leave a review. It really helps get the book noticed. Thank you. I hope you enjoy the video.

Paris, Again from Blue In Green

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Emptiness Video (From Blue In Green)

Shouldn’t I have more time on my hands right now? Is it just me or are you all finding that you are busier than ever? I am running a little behind on updates, but as they say (whoever they are) better late than never.

Hopefully you all caught the update last week that my poem Windows was accepted into the Poetry Archive Now! WorldView 2020 competition. If not, or if you wish to give it another viewing, you can find it if you scroll down. I am so elated that it has been accepted and now wait for the shortlisting in September. It has gained 149 views in 6 days which is pretty awesome. So thank you to all who have watched it so far. I hope you keep watching, sharing it with your friends and all the other good stuff.

This post however, is about another video I made for the poem Emptiness taken from my new book of poems Blue In Green. The book is due for release on Amazon this month. I have been busy putting the final touches to it and will have some more news on that very soon. Until then, enjoy some spoken word poetry as a preview to what you can expect from the book. And if you like what you hear, please give it a thumbs up, leave a comment consider subscribing to this blog and my YouTube channel where you can find more videos of my spoken word poetry. It all helps. Thank you. Phil

Emptiness from Blue In Green