Monthly Archives: December 2014

Clare Hepworth-Wain

Pedalo Giant swans on the man-made pond. Couples sandwiched in fibreglass wings. The water, a paddling pool blue, breaks to reveal concrete, where paint lost its grip. He slings coins, they bounce on the counter. I climbed in, expect him to follow, … Continue reading

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John Brewster: Three poems

Three poems by John Brewster Snowdrops Mother pearls of earth, shy-stalked nuns at winter prayer, tears of polished milk. A Lark’s CV In one flowing dive I tip the green tremble and whisper of rushes, twirl over cornlight, brush by … Continue reading

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Judith Taylor

Widower (after Su Shi, 1037-1101) Ten years dead: why is it only now I see her sitting the way she always did at the mirror, making-up her face as if I were taking her out somewhere? Separate worlds in the … Continue reading

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Joan Lennon

herring, harvested precipitous, night-netted from the sea and all their urgent choreography left hugger-mugger in the hold taken on to the dawn to the gasping quays to the grasp and knife guts in the basket at the god’s right hand … Continue reading

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Mark Williams

Noman Finds the Exit   I am talking nobody’s listening. I am walking nobody beside me. What do I care, that I have no-one. I’ve found the exit and I am free Oh, car owners of this fair city Pull … Continue reading

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Dora Wright

The Martlet. The Martlet is a tiny bird a bird that has no feet not the most exciting bird that you would chance to meet It sometimes doesn’t have a beak I don’t know how it eats It’s bad enough … Continue reading

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Mariam Kadhim

Shelf-Improvement ‘The Art of Joyous Living’ ‘The Secret to Success’  – The cliché hooks Of self-help books Leave us dispirited Disillusioned Stressed With content unoriginal With covers dull, yet garish Their playful claims Of ‘No More Strains!’ ‘Your life will … Continue reading

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