Feeling So Far Away

Yootha Joyce on the cover of a Smiths single How clever it all seemed back then in the eighties But how odd it was to live in neither the north or the south And feel like you belonged nowhere No one quite sounds like an old guy who should know better Than Don Henley singing […]

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Flettons

In the autumn Saturday afternoon sun We went to look at the demolition of the shops And I saw the houses sitting on the road behind Made of kiss-marked flettons With UPVC and aluminium additions There was something there all of a sudden About your far away house I want to try and get to […]

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The Back Bedroom

A skylight at the end of a corridor A mattress on the floor A cold room where the afternoon sun Can not seem pure The skirting board bridges Bare boards and white walls We sit and talk The twilight grows As evening comes and goes Intimate, but clothed More memorable and easier to separate Than […]

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Dead Love in Dunedin

In a museum on the other side of the world A patterned 70’s frock hangs preserved I pull out my camera to take a photo But who is it for? You Gone long ago Because I loved you, I loved your ideas A slice of passion I should no longer harvest Photos I no longer […]

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Just Keep On Passing Time

Just keep on passing time Just keep on passing, time Time, you keep on passing Living in the present Unimaginably far from my youth Where is my flying car? My meal-in-a-pill? My honeymoon on Mars? (My wedding night, for that matter?) In the unlikely event I live to be 94 I can consider myself to […]

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It’s yesterday once more

Or, at least, a year ago. Time is noticeably flying by faster as I get older and older. I took this photo in New York a year ago today on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s a good way to see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, and it’s free. This was taken with […]

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Clasping the days around the ease on her mind

The body is resurrected (upon the ill weary and lawful faults of my iron clad wandering fingers) by a little unconfided literary verse, awaiting corruption. But waiting to make occasions over the noisy keys as the sea died made looking for her ways akin to the links of chains that we commit to the deep […]

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A house where you lived once.

A house where you lived once. Somewhere, despite everyone else who lived in it before or after you, inside it and outside it are fragments of your existence there. A handprint on a wall, buried beneath paint and wallpaper. A dent in the woodwork from crashing a toy car. Atoms of carbon dioxide exhaled from […]

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Beach revelations

I recently went to New Zealand for adventures with my friend Lizzy. A big itinerary was planned and we visited lots of places and saw many things. But some interesting unplanned things happened on the trip as well. The photos which make up this collage were taken on the deck of a cafe at hot […]

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Olá! ¡Hola! Hello!

Bem-vindos visitantes da América do Sul. Eu não sei por que meu blog é tão popular com todos vocês, mas quando eu verificar as estatísticas, então às vezes eu acho que você está visitando este site mais do que as pessoas do meu próprio país. Talvez seja a palavra Zogue que é como o nome […]

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Dreams and remembering my dad

I had a strange dream the other night. Which is a strange thing to say, as I think each and every one of my dreams have been strange. They are always surreal, and I never wake and think, “Hey, what an ordinary, normal, dream”. So instead I’m going to say I had an *interesting* dream. […]

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Konstanzegraff – a reflection

Since releasing the Konstanzegraff songs as part of Volume 5 of the Cinque Pezzi Facili Series on Under My Bed Recordings I’ve been pondering sharing the reasoning behind the music and why it exists. There’s at least one good reason for this, in that most of the people who know about it are familiar with […]

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Examining the structure of nostalgia

This essay originally appeared in issue two of Premier Pli, a journal published by First Fold in 2012 and themed on nostalgia. With First Fold on hold at the moment there’s no place to buy Premier Pli that I can find so I’m sharing this here. If you do see a copy though, I recommend […]

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Apologies

Apologies – it seems my blog got hacked. If you received any emails from zogue.com that looked spammy, I can only apologise. Thanks to sterling work from my ISP, Eyedivison, the problem was solved and isolated, and we reckon it was the old K2 theme I was using. So that’s gone, and it’ll take me […]

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