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Out of Mind

Philip Dawson-Hammond

Out of Mind is simply that: those things which testify to the issues contained within our minds, a final objective laid bare, after being wrestled with over the passage of time, alongside human emotion and mental conflict.

No observation or experience can ever be consciously erased from memory, but effectively serves as the poet's blueprint - or inspiration.

These poems reflect this understanding, through a diversity of subject matter and the way in which they are handled within a variation of form and style. The author writes in simple language, though never straying from those issues which touch all of our lives at some point or another.

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Philip Dawson-Hammond was born in 1959, in the industrial mill-town of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
The son of a shopkeeper, Philip was educated at Highfield Grammar School in Wakefield, and later at Leeds College of Technology, where he qualified as a machine printer.
However, he has previously spent over thirty years in the local newspaper trade, both on production and in an editorial capacity as a regular columnist and feature writer for a series of provincial titles.
Since starting to write at the age of sixteen, Philip has developed a style of his own, covering a rich variation of subject matter, which he feels has resulted in the discovering of his own individual voice within the diversity of modern verse.
Philip is married with one grown-up son, and now lives with Cathy, his wife of five years, in Sprotbrough, South Yorkshire.