Nigel Pantling lives in North London. His poetry has been published in a range of magazines including The Rialto, The North, Magma and Smiths Knoll.
His first poetry pamphlet, Belfast Finds Log, was published by Shoestring Press in June 2014.
Kingdom Power Glory, his first full collection, was published by Smith Doorstop in May 2016
Kingdom Power Glory
Nigel Pantling was a soldier in Northern Ireland during the early years of ‘The Troubles’, private secretary to Ministers in the Home Office during the most turbulent year of the Thatcher Government, and a merchant banker in the 90’s when privatisations and mergers and acquisitions were rampant. He now advises chief executives of companies on strategy. His writing in Kingdom Power Glory draws on the danger, the absurdity and the human frailty that he has seen at first hand.
‘Nigel Pantling’s poems lift the lid on worlds closed to most of us. In language that is straightforward and precise, subtly ironic, he lets facts tell their own, often shocking, story. We never feel preached at, but, rather, are invited to reflect on veiled aspects of the world that surrounds us. The overarching subject of the collection is language, and the uses to which language can be put. The poems are perfectly judged encapsulations of situations in which protagonists use carefully chosen words to normalise what are often grotesque situations. This is a memorable collection.’ Carole Satyamurti
“I used to be in HR in the City”
she says, drinking the tea
I’ve brought out on a tray.
Above us, half skeleton,
the London plane tree
which fills my windows.
“But I wasn’t ruthless enough”
Into the wood-chipper go
armfuls of fresh branches,
leaves warm with sunlight.
We watch the whirring
spew of green and brown.
“I could see the human consequences.”
She puts down her mug,
straps on her helmet,
picks up the chainsaw,
and boots spiking the trunk
climbs to cut the other half.
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Belfast Finds Log
Nigel Pantling served as an officer in the Royal Artillery in the early Seventies. His experience on three Northern Ireland tours provide the backdrop for Belfast Finds Log.
It was an ordinary van, Belfast City Laundry
painted on its side, parked in a side street.
Ordinary, although now you mention it,
heavy on its springs, the door taped shut.
Anyway, there was room to pull in behind
for a smoke-break. They stopped there -
helmets off, rifles resting across their knees -
for ten minutes. Ten minutes, the time
it takes a soldier to crack a few jokes,
finish a cigarette. Also the time
to run a clock down to zero,
to trip a rocker switch, to fire a detonator.
To purchase a signed copy of Belfast Finds Log, please go to the PayPal website and enter email@example.com to identify Nigel's e-mail account. Some of the poems in Belfast Finds Log also appear in Kingdom Power Glory, so the price is reduced from £7.50 to £4.50 plus 50p towards postage and packing, a total of £5.00. Please remember to provide the delivery address and to mention for whom would like your copy signed. Alternatively, you can email Nigel using the form on the Contact page. You can also buy Belfast Finds Log on the Shoestring Press website, and of course through Amazon.