February 22, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Christophe Debon



John Mingay






the days



the fools

on their

high ground


out loud





in their




of sorts




in their




stolen by lies



in their





yet proud








to their


of the days




days dying

in the

blooded mud


there where

the footprints

of these fools

are the last

to fade



deep into

the now

barren earth



for as far

as the eye

can see








dog eat dog



who knows

who you are

when you play

their game


when you

take on

the name

the role

the face

the race

the class

the place

they give you

no sooner

are you born

into this world

of tooth and nail


of dog eat dog


of blind


to the cause


all told in

their epistle

to gluttony


a rule book

to the game

you don’t

yet know

you are

even playing


but soon will

when it all

comes crashing

down around you



as an unseen

falling forest tree













John Mingay

Born and raised in Paisley, Scotland, John Mingay spent the late 1970’s working at The Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow. After returning to study at Durham, England, he went on to become managing editor of internationally acclaimed Raunchland Publications from 1984 to 2009 and, following several years (1985-90) as Writer-in-Residence and Writer-in-the-Community in Darlington, Co. Durham, during which time he had three plays produced by local touring companies* and initiated a variety of drama/performance projects, returned to live in Scotland.

Additionally, he was editor of 3×4 magazine, 1989-95, and the Lung Gom Press, 1995-97, and has been widely published in the UK, Europe and the US in literary magazines, anthologies, collaborative projects and in over forty individual collections. John is also regularly called on to write poetry book reviews for several digital and paper-based literary journals, such as Stride and Litter.

From 1990 to 2000, whilst continuing with personal creative projects, he worked in rural community arts development with Fife Council. Since 2007, his dramatic work has been attracting attention in Spain, with Saltarrano Teatro, Badajoz, having initiated a series of twelve Hispanic historical plays covering the period from the Roman occupation to the 1970’s and incorporating the thoughts, words and deeds of many of Spain’s writers, artists, clergy, politicians and royalty.

In addition, for John, music-composition continues to be an extension of poetry, and, being shorn of the meaningfulness of words, John often finds it a freer medium in which to work improvisationally and intuitively. He has always brought this same attitude to his artwork over the years in a variety of media, seeing it also as an adjunct to his literary work, and often, through publishing and exhibiting, as complementary to it.

John has collaborated in many mail-art projects around the world since the 1980’s when, while undertaking the residencies and community projects mentioned above, he began encouraging others to understand merits of this process and become involved.

For a selection of John’s artwork and poetry, along with that of the others he has edited, see the Raunchland Archive at http://website.lineone.net/~johnmingay/raunchland.htm

A comprehensive catalogue of his musical work is available for free download from The Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=john%20mingay

1 Comment

  1. Sioux T.V February 13, at 20:08

    John, how great to see you work on the internet. You probably won't remember me from Darlington Library writers group, Sue Vass. I see your work has lost none of its grit and earthy don to earth-ness! You are a very talented writer and I missed you very much after you'd gone. I shall look into the raunchland archive to see more of your talent. Glad to see you are at least looking happy, stay safe, be well and continue to thrill. (still not used to using the internet!)


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