Poet is commended

Michael Hildred
Michael Hildred
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He’s written poems on a wide-range of subjects, including his interaction with two female police officers in identifying the body of his son who passed away tragically in 2000.

The poetry of Michael Hildred has now been commended in a national poetry competition in which he was ranked in the top 11 poets out of more than 900 entrants.

His poem which was commended in the York Mix competition is entitled the Tall Cool Dude and is about a night out at a Johnny Cash concert in Edinburgh.

In the poem “Equality,” he writes about staying strong “for the boy” after his son’s death, despite police officers expecting him to show emotion.

The grandfather-of-three, from Bolton, near Pocklington, is also a painter who has illustrated his own book of poems with his own artworks.

He said: “I’m an artist so I observe things. Poetry used to be something I kept private. It wasn’t particularly fashionable when I started writing in the 1950s.”

He added: “I often write about the distant past. Time has to pass, and memories sort of filter through levels of experience until they come out as something different - as shaped 
pieces of art.”

Michael, 76, has also been honoured by Pocklington Town Council who have used some of his verse on a notice board at Burnby Hall Gardens.

His book is called “Late Flowering” and is available from Burnby Hall Gardens and the Art and Rose arts gallery in Pocklington.