Welcome to the blog of Duncan Cleary.


In 2011, this blog started as an experimental exercise, written over the course of a year (March 2011 – February 2012), consisting of a series of poems, in sets of at least ten, each set with a theme. The themes were ‘War’, ‘Dinosaurs’, ‘Trees’, ‘Water’, ‘Sound’, ‘Youth’, ‘Ancient Man’, ‘Ruins’, ‘Hands’, ‘Fighter’, ‘Analytics’, ‘Polar Haiku’, ‘Tea’ and ‘Europa’.

One of this set of poems is also illustrated: ‘Dinosaurs’; there is a book, ‘Dinosaur Poems’, available.

A series of haiku/short poems continue, sometimes accompanied by photos, which I often call ‘Haito’. The themes keep popping up, too. Occasionally I post longer form poems.

A collaboration with friend Dave Walsh led to the inclusion of some haiku/short poems inspired by his remarkable Polar photography, in a book available here: ‘The Cold Edge’.

For 2021, I posted one haiku/short poem a day. I’ll try a different challenge for 2023.

All blog posts also get posted here: ‘@duncancleary’

You can also find me on Instagram duncan.cleary, scan the QR code below:

Thanks for visiting. Feedback is always welcome.

All entries © Duncan Cleary, 2023.

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The background image on this blog was taken on Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett, Long Island, New York, in August 2010.

29 thoughts on “About”

  1. Thanks for liking my post! I’m interested in your poems about war and dinosaurs. Those are interesting themes. Do you pick the themes yourself or are you open to suggestions?

    1. Thanks for the message. I will put the war and dinosaur poems up here at some stage.
      The themes are currently picked by myself, but open to suggestions; intend to do a year’s worth to begin with (i.e. 12 themes).

  2. Hmm, that sounds very interesting. I’d like to suggest a few: light, darkness, hope, wind, fire, home. I wouldn’t be offended if you didn’t pick any of those, though, since you have to write ten poems on one theme: it should be one that you feel strongly about.

  3. Looking forward to whatever comes next from you–love the diversity of topics, but that you delve so deeply into each one. As you probably know, I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. I appreciate your poetic insights and the way you tackle things from so many different angles. 🙂

      1. I’m shocked at how few subscribers you have. A man of your talent deserves many more. Subscribing, unfortunately for me, doesn’t mean that I will be able to read your blog much more often. But I will make a conscious effort to stop by when I have the time. Also I nominated you for the Liebster Blog award. Keep up the good work!

  4. Thank you for taking a stroll through my blog today and for following. I admire your haiku…not one of my strengths so I will have to check in more often for inspiration. 🙂

  5. I am enjoying wandering through your thoughts on this Sunday afternoon…
    so far only a few, but I will be back…it is time to starting feeding my somewhat zoo…
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday evening and a week in wonder ahead…
    Take Care…You Matter…

  6. “Message Adrift. A low probability, and yet, here you are.”
    Found your message in a bottle today, at Maidstone while fishing off the jetty. Feb 2013! Very cool.

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