I’ve always written lyrics and when I was young these included some pretty bad ones! But lyrics can rest in the music, hide under the melody, get absorbed in the backing. When I achieved my masters in music composition I started taking an interest in the rhythm and sounds of words on their own. So began the first forays into poetry.

My inspiration is nature but mixed with a slightly warped interpretation of what I see. Exploring what is reality and how we interpret this through our senses.

I was pleased to have my poems selected in the “For The Many Not The Few” anthologies. These collaborations contain an exciting and eclectic mix of modern poetry.

I was even more delighted when the editor approached me with an offer to publish a book of my own work. So, Earth’s Secret Engine was born.

Here’s what my editor kindly said in his preface…

“Lawrence's writing takes you on an epic journey… his style is distinctive, individual and idiosyncratic. While compiling his work I caught sites of Tolkien, Alasdair Gray, Buddhism, wisps of Blake, flavours of Greek mythology, Faust and Karma. I defy you not to be inspired after reading his poetry.”

CT Meek , February 2020.

© lawrence reed 2018