Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sonja Benskin Mesher

hospital pyjamas I come here late, hospital pyjamas, was it body or brain paralysis that kept me there, tired lace curtains drawn. I lay as a child, arm high tracing patterns and bows, thinking in the wind, when there is … Continue reading

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Beate Sigriddaughter: five poems

(1) DETACHMENT yellow flower close to the ground detaches breathless butterfly wings flutter off my yearning for certainty of petal or wing and applause (2) DIANE WITH A CAT IN HER ARMS IN THE SHADOW You might want to know … Continue reading

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Frank Gillougley: Three poems

STRATHAVEN A window shutter opens onto a fleeting sight of a child’s yellow dimpled ball kicked up a hill – of a father and his brother, their wives and kids, in a municipal Sunday park, just as if it were … Continue reading

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Sam Payne

My Botanist, aged three In the garden where a mother can find peace in the shade of a magnolia tree, I watched my botanist, aged three, study the molecular structure of a leaf. Her tiny fingers held it up to … Continue reading

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Phil Wood: Two poems

Cafe The bowl of cawl warming your chat, but through the glass Castell Harlech sits squat and broods. The stone fed fat on local blood must grip the land – for here, both you and I, say ‘diolch’. We walk … Continue reading

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Judith Taylor

Abbeyhill I haven’t been anywhere, or done anything. When I had falling dreams, I fell out of some bright fairground ride towards this corner of the grass beside the toolshed. And there’s the wall with the honeysuckle gatepost I was … Continue reading

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Mike Ferguson

Reasons for Going to War Speaking of shins, mine are whores with enticing come-ons to any accidental knocks or scuffs or outright attacks as long as new scabs and then scarring can be added to the existing mass destruction after … Continue reading

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