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BREAKING THE CHAINS

Poems and Performance Pieces published by Word Books (ISBN 0-9520212-0-X) on the Wordsout imprint in 1992. 

Breaking the Chains was the end product of the gradual growth of The Place Where Socks Go and contained everything from that book which I thought had stood the test of time, along with a group of new poems including the sonnet sequence The sailing of the ark.

The collection’s title came from the poem of the same name, written for and first performed at an event of that name at St John’s, West Ealing in 1990. The cover design was by Simon Gunn. 

It sold out its first print run and rather than reprint I later included the entire contents in Welcome to the Real World.

Adam
Mischief
  

Nuclear family   

The place where socks go 

Revised version   

A modern wife  

Joseph and the shepherds  

The appeal   

Roneo and Juliet  

Eve  

Miracles   

Riots by Reebok, Blood by Benetton   

The optimist explains   

The journey of the magi (cont.) 

Synod  

The dangers of theology    

Signs   

Arithmetic   

The Professor at work   

Philosophy   

Mr Gallup reports   

The man who got on at Ealing  

Squiggles  

Four truths  

Apocalypso  

The comfort of the rain  

Herod's last request     

Convert  

Disciple  

Peace  

At Grasmere 

Drunkard  

Nappy Christmas  

The housewife's evening prayer  

Poem for Christmas Eve  

Monster  

Told you so  

Vocation  

Beirut  

Ben Franklin  

The Devil's Tinderbox  

They had no credit cards  

Body odour  

A Laodicean estate agent writes  

You can't be too careful 

Notes for a biography  

Dream  

Aberdaron  

The word’s out  

Home improvements  

Visitor  

Phantom  

Runner  

The Flying Professor  

Carrick  

First lesson  

Economics  

Has anybody here seen Thomas?  

Mary    

Breaking the chains  

Teddy Bears 

The printed book also includes all of The sailing of the ark.