Trev Eales &<br>RoBert Sheppard

Gallery 2 from Charms and Glitter


Heather Baron Gracie, Pale Waves (1)

The fanning centre of a maelström
of nimbed hair, she’s

the red-lidded slippage of dream

a micro-incident to keep music
from tipping tripping
between pattern and contingency

She pushes the microphone (it
must not catch her hypnagogics)

through the barrier only she can see
(an ethos of restraint)

that might trap whatever she dreams
on the other side, something that sounds
like chaos

but is the heart



Locks whipped
round melody

flailed tight

pauses – relaxed now
into arachnid crown

trailed beaded vines
down edgeless

edges of her person –
and there

by green-tipped artificial

between thumb
and forefinger

this stalk this worry-stem
this charm

eyes masked by ovals
in sassy saccades


Heather Baron Gracie, Pale Waves (2)

the red-lidded slippage of dream,
shuttered, impermeable,

she refuses voice and pulls us, in
to her swaying. She

sees with her plugged ear
at the knife-edge of sleep

her rising choral chora.

Trev Eales is a photographer specialising in live music who lives in Cumbria. For over 20 years, beginning in the early 1990’s he photographed for WOMAD. Over the past 10 years he has contributed as a photographer and reviewer to a variety of online publications covering major UK music festivals: Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, etc. Photographs and reviews: Web:

Robert Sheppard is a poet who lives in Liverpool, UK. His most recent publication is Hap: Understudies of Thomas Wyatt's Petrarch from Knives Forks and Spoons Press. His selected poems, History or Sleep, is available from Shearsman, which also publish The Robert Sheppard Companion, edited by James Byrne and Christopher Madden. Charms and Glitter is due for book publication in January 2020, from Knives Forks and Spoons. Robert Sheppard met Trev Eales at a Thin Lizzy concert in Norwich in 1974. Sheppard blogs at, tweets @microbius