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Stephen Toft

Stephen Toft is a poet and homelessness worker who lives in Lancaster, UK with his girlfriend and their children. His first collection "the kissing bridge" was published by Red Moon Press in 2008 and in December 2016 Scars Publications released his chapbook "naming a storm: haiku and tanka".


Stephen's microchap & selected poem(s) are available below.  Open the single-page PDF or selected poem(s) by clicking the titles.

Origami Microchap

Selected Poem(s)

the surprising weight of a cloud

Cover: Heaven & Earth by Lauri Burke
Thank you to the editors of the following journals
where some of these poems originally appeared:
Presence, Blithe Spirit, Snapshots and Atlas Poetica.
Every Origami Microchap
may be printed, for free,
from this website.


hospice dusk –
she asks for a map
of the stars

the things
I’ve learned since
her passing...
like the surprising
weight of a cloud
chapel ruins
I fall to one knee
stretch out my arms
and open
my palms to the rain
Stephen Toft © 2016