Patrick Chapman

Patrick Chapman’s books include seven poetry collections, the latest being Slow Clocks of Decay (Salmon, 2016); two volumes of stories and novellas; and So Long, Napoleon Solo, his first novel, which appears from BlazeVOX Books, NY, in 2017. He has also written for film and television. His audio drama credits include writing adventures for Doctor Who and Dan Dare, and producing B7’s award-winning adaptation of The Martian Chronicles for BBC Radio 4, featuring Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell. He co-edits the poetry magazine The Pickled Body.


dead roses planted
in dry electric kettle –
slow clocks of decay

debutante flowers –
red and white skirts hitched up,
waiting for a bee

raindrop on a wing –
a rose denied full measure
blossoms anyway

summer flowers die –
distilled into a droplet,

cherry blossom fire
kissing the garden
to sleep

To read an extract of Patrick’s first novel, So Long, Napoleon Solo, which appears from BlazeVOX Books, NY, click on the link below.

The talented Mr Chapman also wrote the screeplay for this touching short film, Burning the Bed, which stars Aiden  Gillen and Gina McKee.