Si Philbrook spent twenty years working in the care sector
for people with autism. He has also been a chef, a night porter, call centre
worker and petrol station attendant. He lives in Brighton, UK. His poetry has
been published in collections, journals, e zines and magazines in the US,
Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK. He was shortlisted for the 2010 Erbacce
Poetry Prize. This is his first collection.
ordinary words by Si Philbrook
"Si Philbrook holds a rare voice, one that speaks the joy of
discovery and the pain of experience with equal wonder. This is poetry of our
Kiersty Boon, author of "The Poet Busker"
230 pages $18.95 5.5"x8.5" perfect bound, paper
Poetry, for me, should let the reader in, like an old friend, come round for coffee, talking together sharing, small, tender moments, a love‐touch. Poetry for me
should have layers, a deep pool to dive breath- burning into, then surface‐break, gasping child‐like joy at returning from the depths of thought and tears, a razor's edge rasping
across your mind and heart. Poetry for me should have a beauty in its sound, timeless songs, bone‐bred and sung soul‐deep, restore- ing spirits, allowing meaning slowly to unwind
towards a better understanding of moment, thoughts, each other...and of love.
"Si Philbrook's poems come with sharpened edges and unadorned
utterings. Philbrook's unflinching pen
asks us "Who will stop this fucking clock". Read it. You will never find a dull moment in this
Kushal Poddar, author of "The Circus Came To My
Philbrook manages to continuously paint pictures without materials and deliver
the necessary tucked in between so many lines and stanzas. In short, Ordinary Words is that gift we
always wanted to treat ourselves with. Go on!"
Gene Barry, author of "Unfinished Business" and organizer of The Fermoy International Poetry Festival
there is, all we will remember, Is the gentleness of moment…” ‘Ordinary Words’
is none less than extraordinary.
MacIver, author of Journeys in Verse & A
touch of Rose