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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, February 28, 2006
    25 years of Cookson
    A great ten minutes outside the parcel office today. I took belated delivery of two surprise packages - one, a bundle of copies of a new book from the Iona Community featuring a poem of mine, Iona Dawn - Through Holy Week with the Iona Community , and the other some stuff on loan from Paul Cookson, the autobiographies of Alan Ball Playing Extra Time and Roger McGough, Said and Done. He promised me them when I saw him outside Goodison the other week. Both look like they'll be wonderful reads, but no more wonderful than Paul's own Ordinary Words, a selection of old and new poems from 1980-2005, which he also included in, the nicest and best surprise of the day. Twenty-five years of Cookson - nowhere near long enough.