Welcome to the website of HENRY NORMAL

Hello, I’ve been posting information on Facebook for the last two years and have finally got round to organising a website. The site contains much of the same information and material as my Facebook site but I’m aware not everyone does Facebook and that the information there is often hard to access other than by labouriously scrolling down. The information here is far better organised and more extensive.

There’s a contact page if you’d like to email me. Do let me know your thoughts on the site and any suggestions.

10 hours ago

Henry Normal

If you've not discovered my son's ArtByJohnny page on facebook as yet do check it out. Here's a poem about a true incident that happened at Johnny's Phoenix exhibition in April.

OUT OF PLACE

How old was he when he first learnt to paint?
An elderly lady asked

I reached for a book to share a photograph
of Johnny drawing when he was seven

'Just tell me' the woman barked
She had no interest in the photo

'Seven' I said, 'but more-so the last five years'
She retired to a seat in the corner

Her husband explained they had a grandson
who was autistic

'He doesn't paint at the moment'
the granddad added

Visitors to the exhibition filed past
already anticipating the next painting

The joyful colours
lit up the dull weather

The elderly lady sat alone for some time
and avoided eye contact

Her frame hung heavy
Her mind elsewhere
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16 hours ago

Henry Normal

John Cooper Clarke has a new book out - The Luckiest Guy Alive. This is his first book for over 30 years. He will probably be best known to Americans for the poem included in the Sopranos. Check out his new collection. It may be some time until the next one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBcbc8eWz6UCheck out my remix: www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3I-G0Pm1UI&t=0s The ending of The Sopranos S06E14 - Stage Five. On the day that would have been his late...
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3 days ago

Henry Normal

Hello, it's about that time again for Mrs Normal's Blast From The Past. Here is an old poem which feels timely - what with it being the season of gift giving. I also love this picture of Henry in his late twenties (to think he used to be an insurance broker).
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas (see you on the other side) and here's to a healthy, inspired, fun, adventurous, poetic 2019 (Sans Brexit/ Trump).
Best, Angela XXX

A GIFT

At 7 o'clock this morning
I bring you a mountain
I tap gently on your window
and you wake half covered in sleep

"What's that?" you ask
"It's a mountain", I grin
"I've carried it all night
I couldn't sleep so I brought it here to show you"

"What do I want with a mountain in my garden
at 7 o'clock in the morning?", you ask
not used to being woken at 7 o'clock
with a mountain in your garden

I try to joke, now feeling a little embarrassed

"It's for you, a gift"
You say you don't want a mountain
You are too tired to understand
and I struggle to explain

it's not the mountain I've brought you
it's the fact that I could bring it to you
I strain to pick it up again
and wonder what I'm going to do with it now

I feel such a fool walking home with a mountain
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5 days ago

Henry Normal

That's a bit more Christmassy. I took this photo in Stratford upon Avon on Shakespeare's birthday the 23rd April. There's a shop there that sells Christmas stuff all year round. According to historians Jesus was born in April anyway, although it is believed no actual nutcrackers were involved. ... See MoreSee Less

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