On the Lookout is Jeremy Kingston’s first collection. Using a variety of verse forms, rhymed and unrhymed, the poems express feelings on being a child, a husband and a parent, involvements with lovers male and female, and responses to mythologies ancient and modern, from biblical patriarchs and Ancient Greek heroes to abuses of reason down the ages, up to the present curse of the Olympic Games. 'Modern poetry welcomes Jeremy Kingston’s return to writing verse.' – Adrian Brown, Poet
It would act something like a headstone then.
…What lives in that gap, just out of sight?
Perhaps if I scraped with this finger
a glittering beetle
would scuttle out of its shelter. I’d like that.
And what if something very much larger,
very much nastier,
grabbed hold of the end of my finger
and wouldn’t let go,
and couldn’t let go because of its incurving teeth
and pulled me into the tree?
Perhaps I’d like that too.
From 'What If'