As a viable alternative to poverty, Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, and has written extensively on misericords and animal iconography in the Middle Ages under the pseudonym of Paul Hardwick.
In a perfect world, Oz would be bassist in a Belgian space-rock band.
► Oz Hardwick's microchap & selected poem(s) are available below. Download the single-page microchap by clicking the title. To read the selected poem, also click the title.
Cover: Violet Night Starfire by Lauri Burke w/JK
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I fell asleep to vulpine dreams,
soft as fur in firelight. Night
led me through lost streets
where nothing moved but a young fox
with ancient eyes that shone like water
in a dark well. I’ll tell your fate,
he told me, laying out cards like a clock,
a wheel, a maze, circling round
a tower struck by lightning, then laughing
left me alone, with a thousand foxes
burning bright behind my eyes.
Oz Hardwick © 2016