Kevin Barrett was born in Winchester, and is very active on the local poetry scene. He studied with the Open University, obtaining B.A. (honours) in Humanities and Literature. He was the winner of the Orbis International Journal’s Readers Award spring 2014; and his poem ‘Winter Solstice’ was Hampshire County Council’s poem of the day, summer 2012. He has been published in several journals and anthologies. His pamphlet is entitled: I Died in Hell. (They Call it Passchendale) and his first collection was published in 2017.
With acknowledgement to Ivor Gurney.
Silhouettes of torn trees
Cut as if from metal
Blight the sad landscape
Fertilised with blood, guts and flesh.
And in the Cotswold sunshine
Where I ramble among beautiful beeches,
I slide again into the nightmare,
And think of the terrible trees.