At the age of seventeen, Les Merton was a film extra in Michael Winner’s film The System (USA The Girl Getters), the director advise him that if he wanted to write successfully, he should write about things he knew about and had experienced. Since that time Les Merton has had a lifetime of experiences, many of which provided inspiration for his writing.
He has 20 books to his credit and he has won numerous writing awards. His poetry has been published in magazines in the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cornwall, Cyprus, Eire, England, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, USA. He also has had many poems published online and in anthologies.
During his writing career Les has also appear on: ITV’s That Sunday Night Show, BBC TV Spotlight News, and the following Radio Stations: BBC Radio Bristol, Duchy Hospital Radio, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio 4, Pirate FM, BBC Radio Five Live, Penwith Radio, St Austell Bay Radio, Redruth Community Radio and ABC Radio Canberra, Australia. He enjoys performing and has given readings all over the UK and in Ndola Zambia.
she peeled back layers of his life and put them in green jars with tarnished lids
sat them on faded, warped boards with rusted nails and carpenter ants
left them forgotten on a porch where a broken kitchen window awaits
a repair, where he once carved her initials in a dying oak, birds no longer
nest for fear of falling; the corner of wood on a swing brushes her footprints
in sand and a memory, her laughter painted flowers and bees in flight
to hives in secret corners of forests; there, they heard as they made love
warm breeze glided over nakedness and lust, sun rays pushed aside
leaves to create shadows on moist soil, her screams echoed
just like her passion for dance, more than her passion for him
in ballet, in a pirouette, he tried to embrace was jilted, dragged
himself into a bar and drank her away on shots and dirty whiskey glasses
half stoned, sat in the back of a bus and old seats; got off by a river
walked a bulkhead in acid rain and an unshaven face; one foot
then one foot, into garbage and debris hanging onto stagnant water
one less breath one less breath…
Published writer—Bits and Pieces to Ponder/Self-Help/2002
Published poet—Poet Interview on November 8, 2012 by a Salisbury University Journalism Major/Salisbury, MD; poem 'Night into Day/Goodnight Till the Morning Sun'/11-12/napalmandnovocain.blogspot; poem 'Night into Day/Goodnight Till the Morning Sun' has been accepted for inclusion in the 2012 Best of Anthology, Storm Cycle