nominated for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

“I was drawn in and captivated by the almost-fairytale charm of these delightful poems, but I was held by their pared-back simplicity, as clean and quiet as truth.”
Maggie Butt

“Following John Berryman’s Henry, Zbigniew Herbert’s Mr. Cogito, and Marvin Bell’s Dead Man, the cartographer is Jim Bennett’s alter ego: one passing through life with maps, “in the only dimensions he would ever really understand.” Bennett’s lines are as precise and clean as the cartographer’s own renderings – whether on vellum or the backs of his dog and his wife – a way to control his world, until sat navs and GPS tragically make his skills superfluous.”
Norbert Hirschhorn MD

Jim Bennett is the author of 71 books, including books for children, books of poetry and many technical titles on transport and examinations.

He taught Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and other Universities and has won many awards for his writing and performance including 3 DADAFest awards and is managing editor of one of the world’s most successful internet sites for poets.

His poetry collections include:
Drums at New Brighton (Lifestyle 1999)
Down in Liverpool (CD) (Long Neck 2001)
The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds (Bluechrome 2004 reprinted 2006)
Larkhill (Searle Publishing 2009)


From Heswall

this morning
the winter sun

was low in the sky

long lazy shadows
hugged the ground

as the sunshine warmed us

we had a long walk
across the common

then back along Telegraph Road

over the rolling land

as we watched traffic pass
and heard the slow effort of cyclists

we topped a hill

with one more rise to come
one more small effort to reach home


Jim Bennett

the cartographer / Heswall


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