The Art of Derek Dohren

painting, writing, photography

everythingrhymeswithorange

Everything Rhymes with Orange

My first poetry collection, published by Black Eyes Publishing UK, in July 2019.


  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Black Eyes Publishing UK (12 July 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1913195031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1913195038

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Reviews for ERWO ...


Derek Dohren’s poetry takes you on a whimsical journey by tickling the belly of your curiosity leading you in to his hilarious, brilliant and ultimately intriguing world. Just when you think you know where you’re going he flips the script and leaves the listener either gobsmacked, laughing or crying but definitely enlightened! Kick back and enjoy this fantastic poet!

Stephen Grimes, co-founder of Food For Thoughts, Gloucester.


Dohren has an artistic flair that I have always admired. To me his way with words is crafted with such passion, resilience & thought. Read this book & you will know exactly what I'm on about.

Robin Hood-Shaw, Aspiregers, Cheltenham.


Derek Dohren is an exceptional wordsmith, creating his own universes from drily humorous and poignant observations.

Gary Death, Piranha Poetry, Stroud.


Dohren’s work brings together astute observations with beautiful turns of phrase. He has a style of writing that makes familiar things over anew and brings a fresh perspective to contemporary living.

Charley Barnes, City of Worcester Poet Laureate.


Derek Dohren invites us on a route that turns and twists, takes risks with language and subject matter, sometimes threatens to veer off-road, to bump over uncharted terrain, but always brings a nervous passenger back on track, avoiding accident and roadkill. (Who can ignore the big wild boar? Who can resist looking wistfully, returning time and again in search of the elusive Isabel).

Often quirky and surreal, the poems shift gear from acerbic social/political commentary to coast, foot-off-the-gas, along stretches of heightened sensitivity and subtlety – but not for long, before the bus swings back on its swaggering mission to track down affectation and pomposity. Charlatans and socialites, prigs and snobs had better get off the road.

I’ve heard Derek Dohren perform several of these poems, blending conviction and critique with the humorous and humane. His voice is as distinctive on the page as at the mic. Entertaining to the last.

Sharon Larkin, Cheltenham Poetry Society.


Derek Dohren is one of my favourite poets. Original, clever and witty, his poems can be heard or read again and again without ever losing their appeal.

Clive Oseman, Oooh Beehive, Swindon.


Derek Dohren, a shark basking in a sea of words, swallowing the tastiest ones on his way.

Sandra Ireland, Words and Music, Stroud.


Dohren’s poetic thought processes creep inside your mind - little ear-worms that just won’t go away. Derek is the man that possibly isn’t Derek, but probably is.

David Ireland, Words and Music, Stroud.


Derek Dohren is a writer and performer who really lets his personality come through in his work. His strong creative voice charms audiences with poignance and comedic moments to give the listener/reader a full, rounded experience. Anyone who comes across Derek’s work will be left wearing a thoughtful smile and stoked embers in the chest.

Chris Richard Beale, Tonic, Bristol.