A bit about me, and what I write and publish.
Poetry, academic books and the odd essay.
I am Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cardiff. In my early career I taught English Literature, then moved to Philosophy via Literary Theory, and I have now moved back in the direction of creative writing. I have published widely on the topic of deconstruction and I am the author of more than thirty books on aspects of philosophy, literature, the history of ideas, politics, and music.
More recently, I have turned to poetry in various genres, including that of philosophical verse. My collections to date include The Cardinal’s Dog, For the Tempus-Fugitives, The Winnowing Fan, The Matter of Rhyme, A Partial Truth, Socrates at Verse, Hedgehogs: verse-reflections after Derrida, Damaged Life: poems after Adorno’s Minima Moralia, As Knowing Goes, and After Rilke: renderings, parodies, rejoinders and animadversions. On the political side I have published two volumes of verse-satires and polemics, The Trouble with Monsters and The Folded Lie.
I have lectured and held visiting posts at many universities around the world, and my books have been translated into many languages.
I live in Swansea, Wales with my wife Valerie and, since retiring from my university post, spend much of my time writing, reading, singing and flying model aircraft (a lifelong passion). I have sung with the Cardiff-based campaigning socialist street-choir Cor Cochion for the past 35 years and also, more recently, with the smaller Swansea-based group The Eclectics. My daughters Clare and Jenny and grandchildren Dylan, Avery and Arlo live nearby.