Halesowen Rebel Poet releases new collection
His publisher calls him 'the rebel poet' and that description fits just fine with author David Hamilton.
The professional poet from Halesowen likes to follow his own path when it comes to verse rather than bend to literary convention.
His latest collection, called Fluid Edges, is a 'stream of consciousness' with references to nature and relationships.
He says: "I tend to write in my own way. My poetry doesn't fit into romanticism for example. I refer to life a lot and things that have just happened to me.
"The literary establishment don't like it because I tend to write from imagery rather than form and word play which is so fashionable now. My publisher calls me the rebel poet because I have no regard for most of the rules of traditional poetry."
The author studied English literature, dramatic structure and playwriting, and film structure and script writing at Birmingham University where he gained a Masters degree.
He used to write articles for literary magazines until a stroke three years ago affected his ability to follow clear lines of thinking, and so he turned to poetry.
"I'm lucky, I didn't even realise I'd had a stroke until I started missing doctor's appointments and my GP sent a memory nurse round to see me," he said.
"When I sat down to write, I found it difficult to write factually, I couldn't progress a logical argument. Writing poetry is different."
Fluid Edges, his seventh book, is published by Andrew Sparks and available on Amazon.