Firstly thank you for taking the time to read my Bio.
BRIEF BIO - English, male, vegan, buddhist, gardenista, Perfect Sakura!
A LITTLE MORE DETAIL -
I am in my late 50's and live in the UK, I am lucky enough to be semi - retired and a part time gardener after working 32 yrs in the public sector. I live with my amazing partner Sarah in sunny Northamptonshire and have two beautiful grown up daughters.
Around 2012 I suddenly had this urge to write and finally put pen to paper. What came out was raw, naive and messy but it was a start, I had never been creative in any way before. I was frustrated at the time after years of fighting the system against rampant privatisation and attacks on pensions and pay. We lost that battle and the consequences are here to see, I will say no more, my poetry speaks for me now!
My poetry has developed in ways I didn't expect and I am constantly surprised by what comes out. I would still describe my work as naive and in some ways I hope that remains the case.
I try to vary my writing style as much as I can but I am only a bit player as the pen sometimes has a mind of it's own!
WHY PERFECT SAKURA -
I have been a Buddhist for many years and drawn to many things from the far east. In the film The Last Samurai, Katsumoto, the Samurai Lord stated that he had spent his whole life searching for the perfect cherry blossom. As he lay dying on the battlefield a breeze blew fallen blossom across the field, he realised in his final moment that they were all 'Perfect'. Sakura being Japanese for cherry blossom I came up with the name Perfect Sakura, my point being that often what we seek has been in front of us all along!
I was always worried about reading other people's work for fear of it influencing my writing. A silly position that I have now rectified, I will support new writers as much as I can and look forward to comments on my own work. This poetry thing is a journey and I'm finally ready see where it takes me.
Write your heart out and be kind, thanks again, Tony.