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We Cast Pale Shadows: Selected Poems

We Cast Pale Shadows: Selected Poems

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We Cast Pale Shadows: Selected Poems

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Jan 16, 2020


We Cast Pale Shadows is a selection of poems that reflect James Rainsford’s thoughts and feelings during years of observing the world and the follies, foibles and fortunes of its varied and entertaining inhabitants. Inspired by the sombre and comic absurdities of life, the poems are at once moving, ironic, whimsical, erotic and often darkly humorous. His writing is immediately accessible and will resonate with all who’ve ever dreamed, hoped, loved, lost and laughed in the face of adversity. 

Throughout, one is frequently transported from shadow to sunlight, from spring to winter and from despair to hope. Reading these poems will take the reader on a journey through the eclectic mind of an insightful observer of the human condition. Believing that all themes or topics can be the inspiration for poetry, James has created poems in a variety of subjects and poetic structures. Hopefully, within the pages of this modest collection all readers will find something to engage, inspire and entertain them.   
Jan 16, 2020

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James Rainsford is a writer, photographer, and sometime musician. He was raised in Essex and attended The University of Sussex, where he read Philosophy, English and History. He has variously been a seamen, welder, teacher, salesmen, and company director. He is married with two children and currently lives in Somerset.

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We Cast Pale Shadows - James Rainsford

James Rainsford is the creative pseudonym of K. D. (Brian) Curtis, a writer, photographer and sometime musician. He was raised in Essex, and attended The University of Sussex, where he read Philosophy, English and History. He is married with two children and currently resides in Somerset, UK.

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To my parents, who made possible my opportunities to grow and learn how to love and be loved.

To my belovéd wife, Wendy: daughters, Belinda and Debbie, grandchildren, Laura and David and great-grandchildren Olivia and Imogen. They have in their various ways, all been an inspiration. They are my most precious legacy.

Also, to all those teachers, pupils, students, friends, lovers, and especially the beautiful strangers, who knowingly, or unknowingly, have brightened life’s journey and made living less a chore and more a rare affair.

I thank them all.

About this poetry collection

The poems selected here for publication were all written over the period from 1964 until 2019. They represent a wide variety of themes and topics and are not organised in chronological or thematic order, but have been selected to illustrate the breadth of interests which have inspired their creation. Randomly interspersed throughout the collection are poems categorised as ‘Amuse Bouche,’ a phrase borrowed from the restaurant trade and which loosely translates as ‘smiling mouth,’ they are included to occasionally lighten the mood and provide a contrast to the more contemplative and introspective offerings.


Déjà Vue


Flowers after the Funeral

Guesting in Dreams

A Florida Poem

Autumn Walk

Song for an Ex-Wife



Lesson in Falling Over

Make-up in the Morning

Memory of a Winter Lakeside at Dawn



Stone Circle

It’s a Man’s World?

A Friday Poem

Sonnet to Sanity

A Wasted Week?





Elegy for a Fox


For a Friend Buried at Saint Mary’s Churchyard Hawkesbury


September Meeting

Wise Blood

Autumn Express

The verb/adverb way to start the day!


She Was

Where is the Child?

Songs and Seasons

Saloon Bar Super Heroes

What Dream is This?

The Bell Ringers

And builds A Hell in Heaven’s Despite


Twilight Meetings

Literary Critic

This Year’s Deaths

Venus in a Public Bar

Food Festival

Devon Sunset

What About Now?

Some People I Know

Any Dream

Armistice Day

The End Begins

The Intensely Loved

When the World Was

The Kind of Care I Care About

Final Silence

The Wasteland Revisited

A Sonnet to Natasha

To Ernie, who used to play dominoes at my local pub

We’ll know this Love

Time and Seasons

To my daughter for a day remembered

Who Will?

Where’s Wordsworth?

A New Face

Childhood and Dunkirk





Tomorrow’s Country

The Women who Amaze me Most

The Invitation

To Personify

Even Now

Goodbye Apollo

He who pays the piper

Sunday Lunchtime Stripper


Some idle thoughts on grass and stubble

It Was a Loneliness

Natural Disaster


Night in a Disco

Nicotine Queen

November 5th 1980

Night Quatrains

On the Same Day



Relationships Grow Wrinkles

One of the Few

Poem for my Godson



Please put down that book

Requiem for the Rhondda

How a conference speech was saved by a marvel of modern medicine


River of Life

Sales Meeting

See it Through


On the death of Margaret Thatcher




Mansions of the Mind


Letter to my Mother


The Saving Slaves

It was an old hotel

Company Reps


A Meeting

Holy Attire

New Year 2014

Circle of Knowledge



How Easily


To W B Yeats

Fort Hood Texas

I Remember



Arthurian Vision

To my wife on our move to a new home in the country

Final Silence

A Poem for My Wife

Edward Woodward’s Dream


The Game

The Sum


The Grim Reaper


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