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I think of this as a personal site, although I don't suppose that's a particularly meaningful distinction any more. On a recent training course (Digital Peninsula Network, thank you), I was startled to discover that <William Essex> is inserted as a search term into Google several thousand times a month. That was in the hour devoted to SEO (search-engine optimisation). You find out (a) the search terms people use, and (b) whether anybody searches the words and phrases most commonly used on your site.
And yes, of course I put my own name in the box. [keep reading ...]
Gaia's carrier bag
Once, we hunted. Now we drive to the supermarket. Once, we cleared ground, cleared forest, made tools out of stones, made fire, discovered the workings of seasons and seeds and water, raised what we needed, feared the anger of clouds, marked days and time, accepted the spirit-shapes of our imagination, stored food for the winter, ate and celebrated the turning of nature's seasons and our own, gave names to the incarnations of nature, raised children, saw fish in the sea and wondered how they'd taste, built homes, gathered into settlements, became communities.
Now we have the vegetable aisle. We had Gods [keep reading ...]
The Truth about Climbing Tree Books*
Climbing Tree Books is part of a sinister mind-control experiment run by an un-named UK government agency. It operates from a shabby utility building round the back of a derelict warehouse not far from the waterfront in an industrial complex on the furthest edge of London’s docklands.
If you know the combination to the suspiciously shiny padlock, you push open the metal security door – it took a lot of time and money to get that creak just right – and you’re met by a more-or-less authentic janitor with a mop (poisoned blade concealed in the head) and a bucket (sorry, it’s just a bucket). Get past him, and you go through (keep reading ...)
*This will make a lot more sense if I tell you, first, that I'm Creative Director, ha ha, of a publishing venture called Climbing Tree Books, and secondly, that I find <About Us> pages as difficult to write as <About Me> pages.
If you should happen to be looking for an illustrator, go here and click on <portfolio>. Do it anyway. Fine work.
If you like modern poetry combined with joie de vivre and photography, visit Maya Stein.
If you like poetry and diets that involve chocolate cake, this is for you.
Yes, I have a blog on this site. It's personal, and it's here.