Hello. My name is David Sutton. I am seventy-two years old; I was born in Hertfordshire and now live in a village in Oxfordshire; I am a retired computer programmer; I have been writing poetry for fifty years and this is my poetry site.
Let’s start with a bit of disambiguation. I am not the David Sutton who writes horror fiction and edits the Fortean Times. I am not the David Sutton who writes books on wild flowers. I am not the David Sutton who is the former leader of Reading Borough Council. I am not David Sutton the archivist. I am not David Sutton the singer, David Sutton the photographer nor David Sutton the footballer. In fact I am not any of the other David Suttons out there except me. From the Google point of view it is clearly a bad career move for a poet not to have a distinctive name, and I have toyed with the idea of changing mine; I quite fancied ‘William Shakespeare’ but apparently that one’s already been taken.
Here is a list of my publications to date:
‘Out on A Limb’ (Rapp & Whiting, 1969)
‘Absences and Celebrations’ (Chatto & Windus, 1982)
‘Flints’ (Peterloo Poets, 1986)
‘Settlements’ (Peterloo Poets, 1991)
‘The Planet Happiness’ (Gruffyground Press, 1996)
‘A Holding Action’ (Peterloo Poets, 2000)
‘New and Selected Poems 1965-2005’ (Peterloo Poets, 2005)
‘No Through Road’ (The Greenwich Exchange, 2013).
It seems customary at this point to list one’s tokens of recognition – laureateships held, Nobel prizes won, that sort of thing. The best I can currently offer in this department is to say that most people, whether other poets or general readers, who come across my poems seem to like them, sometimes, apparently, quite a lot. I could put together a screed of complimentary quotes from reviews, but I’d rather you just read a few yourself and see what you think. To this end I provide some samples from my work over the years, beginning with one or two from my first collection and ending with a couple from my recently published collection, ‘No Through Road’. These poems are copyright © David Sutton.
For those who just want a quick one poem taster of my work, I also provide a ‘Quick Sample’ page, featuring one poem which I’ll ring the changes on fairly often.
I also include a ‘Poem of the Week’ page in which I feature some of my favourite poems by other people; I update it weekly, normally on a Friday, or if not at least by Sunday. I have no wish to impose my taste on anyone, but I am myself always interested to know what poems other people carry in their hearts and heads, so thought I would share a few that I carry in mine.
Finally there is an FAQ. If anyone has specific questions about my poems I will gladly do my best to answer them, but I don’t go in for general philosophising of the ‘why do you write poetry’ or ‘what do you think is the role of the poet in today’s society’ kind. And I’m afraid I can’t undertake to comment on your poems or help you to get published. With those caveats, my contact details can be found on the Contact Me page.
A selection of sixty of my poems, entitled ‘The Tree of Frost’, is now available for Kindle from the Amazon KIndle store. For further details see the ‘News’ page.