London Bride by John Gibbens

Newly released by Contraband Books:
a book that will certainly be recognised as a landmark publication
in the English tradition of 'London Visionaries'.

"A visionary journey evoking London by turns as Babylon and Jerusalem, London Bride is born of this city's bone and marrow. Standing on the shoulders of Blake, Eliot and Joyce, Gibbens' poetry is deliciously playful intensely musical and, in short a psycho-geographical masterpiece." Helen Moore

London Bride by John Gibbens

"John Gibbens was a reticent poet largely uninterested in reputation, but he was one of the finest, right there in the tradition of London visionaries. He is inter alia a poet of urban landscape. His eye for detail is superb; his critique of wealth, power and architecture as visible politics, exacting; his scope ranging from tiny flower to geologic speed.

William Blake is close to him, John Clare too, and David Jones. He died far too young. 'London Bride', the long sequence that rounds off and titles this book, places him firmly and well among the great poets of contemporary London." Stephen Watts

"John Gibbens never stood a chance. This poet, who had won a prestigious prize as a young poet and been asked to contribute to a Faber Introduction poetry collection, went underground instead and remained there. But so deeply underground that few other poets knew his work. Why? Because there was no other place, and that's what's so sad and so splendid about John. Many of us don't fit in with the increasingly ridiculous factions that constitute British Poetry. John was largely oblivious of them, as they were of him. It was their misfortune. John Gibbens, salud!" David Miller



Touched
is a place for poetry, music and even the odd artwork,
the online home of The Children, John Gibbens and Armorel Weston.

Now the tipi is pitched in the deep south of London,
between the Dulwich oaks, the Gipsy Hill and the Crystal Palace transmitter.


A Song for Today

Click the red button to hear.
The words are here:

Next Millennium


RECORDINGS
In Memory of Grace, the seventh album by The Children
Albums by The Children
and The Mind Shop,
featuring Armorel Weston

 

The Children in concert

THE CHILDREN
video discography, youtube channel, galleries, biographies



John's spirit lives on through his work
Read his obituary in The Telegraph



Lay for the Day

Today’s theme is…
The Battle of Waterloo.
Life insurance, sir?


WRITINGS
The Nightingale's Code: a poetic study of Bob Dylan by John Gibbens
Books and pamphlets
by John Gibbens
including The Nightingale’s Code,
the Inkjet Books and Collected Poems

The Children's two last videos on YouTube: Black Mountain Home and Shady Grove

Felt Portrait
Felt Portraits
A tribute to the art of
’Asta Kristinsdóttir Wathen

 

 

Lullula
Qui est-ce, Lullula?

The Mind Shop

Où est The Mind Shop?

Lol Coxhill
The Improvised Vision
A gallerxy of musicians

Orpheus Ascending

Orpheus Ascending
by John Gibbens
A poem of the retrofuture

Signed copy £7 inc p+p

“hauntingly captures the songs and rhythms of love and London”
Jenny McCartney


The GunfighterOTHER WORKS

Musical prose including

Miscellaneous poems including

  • The Gun Site An allotment poem: lines from the beginning of Spring

“No agitators, no clubs, no epidemical errors, ever were, or will be, fatal to social order in any nation. Nothing but the guilt of the upper classes, wanton, accumulated, reckless, and merciless, ever overthrows them. Of such guilt they have now much to answer for – let them look to it in time.” Ruskin