Marcus passed away on 30th December 2018, aged 80.

His obituary in The Guardian
by John Weston

Other memorials:


This website will remain as a memorial to his wit, his wisdom, his love, his work.

“Make time work for you.
Enjoy every moment.
Don’t give a damn.”


marcus_deskpMarcus Cumberlege wrote much in lyrical stanzas, but he was no stranger to prose poetry, cut-up, automatic writing, haiku, concrete and the extended line.

For nearly forty years he was a familiar figure in Bruges, collaborating with poets, artists and musicians, organizing readings and encouraging the younger generation. His daughter is married and living in France.


Book publications 2017 – 2018:


Online publication:

For many years Marcus had been getting up before dawn and writing his own meditations and prayers for personal use. Their outspokenly spiritual content is destined to overcome “morning blues” and make the reader “feel good” – cheerful, lively and able to face the day ahead with joy. Marcus regarded Morning Meditations as his most important single published work to date.

You may download Morning Meditations here. Feel free to print it out and use it as you wish. Marcus made no charge whatsoever for the use of these texts and only asked that his name be mentioned if they are reprinted.


Photo of Marcus by Hendrik Vandewalle