I think you are missed here John. I heard great things about you when I arrived here, from Wendy et al, but you'd just left and I didn't get the chance to read you. I like what I' ve seen, and think the site and forum would benefit from your return - now that things are much more civilised than they were (reaching for bunce!) . It's a pity that Denis is so rarely here these days too.
I find the slight detachment in your poetry effective, it is as if one sees the thing in question through an unbaised eye and makes for greater realization of the significance of the event or item described. Your concise wording is elegant.
John is (and I say this without hyperbole) one of the truely great poets of today. His humanitarianism overwhelms the reader and demand that his works are read over and over as if they were a beautiful piece of music, that you keep the repeat button of your CD player on.
The craftsmanship of John's work forces itself on the reader and one, instantly, recognises that this is not the work of someone who dashes out pieces, this is the work of a real artist. At times John transcends the medium of poetry and presents us with a picture or a film. His works force us to use our intelligence and imagination.