Monthly Archives: September 2016

Marie-Therese Taylor

My Book On the Train Someone was reading my book on the train I was ready to say – hey that’s me I wrote that but modesty and a slap of rain turned my eye to the window reflecting I thought … Continue reading

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Stephen Barnaby

FACEBOOK IN 50 WORDS I was enraged by a political post so drafted a reply but didn’t post it knowing I’d become embroiled in a tit-for-tat debate and go to bed angry and upset So I posted a picture of … Continue reading

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Paul Vaughan

Only Family Richard’s got his wig on. His luscious locks bob furiously, cheeks burning as he remonstrates with stonewall Stella the staff nurse who stands impassive, resists the charms of his patent heels and sheer silky-tighted calves. No. She gestures … Continue reading

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Belinda Rimmer

Stone Heavy (a poem in response to Sylvia Plath’s Mirror and Mary Oliver’s Sleeping in the Forest). A cloudless day and Earth saw herself reflected in Sky’s mirror as never before; not cruel but perfect. A small kingdom full of … Continue reading

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Rona Fitzgerald

In the levada water sang of slaves who made it keening for home of joy at rain the cool caress of mist. Tales from wind and rain children lost at sea, families displaced. Madeira in December invites warmth orange blossom … Continue reading

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Sue Johnson

witching hour to the casual observer we are just an ordinary family clean white net curtains no litter or weeds in the front garden but do not be deceived when night falls we are the prowlers in the park the … Continue reading

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David J Costello

Methuselah Life clings to me. Disfiguring the man I used to be. Emaciated, drawn and slack. People stare and children shout abuse behind my back. I can’t unpick or tease apart the complicated knot that used to be my heart. … Continue reading

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