. . . ubiquitous light verse competition winner and former poet in residence at the New Statesman, your admiring Editor (M.P.) has long been sticking pins into a wax model of this side of his track record - but without much success so far. On a rather different, though still welcomely accessible plane, his collection Impossible Objects, published by Cinnamon Press, was short listed for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection category, 2006).