Month: July 2018

Susan Jane Sims – “Conversation”

Conversation (for Mum) And what do you do with all your days? I float and scream, float and scream. Are you frightened then? No, freedom’s all the highs I’ve never had. And are there flowers there? Yes, all my favourite kinds. I like the yellow roses best. No thorns. I hold them in my arms Read More

Karen Mooney – “Restless Mind”

Restless Mind   What I wouldn’t give For just a penny’s worth Of understanding at 4 am To settle a restless mind   I roll into that dip in the bed Hoping that you’ll be there Sniff the remaining scent On the shirt, you left behind   Fading; as scars of departure With freshly cut Read More

David Mark Williams – Reading The Book of Disquiet at 35,000 Feet

Reading The Book of Disquiet at 35,000 Feet   The traveller is the journey. What we see is not what we see but who we are. Fernando Pessoa     On this flight path there’s no time to claw back. The soul takes on the burden of the body, narrows to a dull ache. Pessoa Read More

Zoë Sîobhan Howarth-Lowe – Big Dog Man

Big Dog Man Man with the big dog, he always – Man with a BIG dog, he always… Big MAN with the big dog, he always – Big man with the DOG, he always – he always – always – What?   Big Dog Big Man SIT big dog always with man man always with Read More

Sarah Thomson – “Cinquain for Ellen”

The slide was red-hot from the sun You clambered up and then turned tail Just two days later from the train Your atoms dancing in the rain I see you’ve left a vapour trail Read More

Carol Rosalind Smith – “The Turning Tide”

The Turning Tide   Relishing the sunlight caressing your skin,  the heat soaking down to your bones, try  wriggling yourself a groove in the pebbles    and shells worn smooth by endless buffeting.  Let sea spray lightly kiss your lips, sea salt  scrunch your hair, then close your eyes matching    your breathing to the Read More

Jenna Plewes – “The Milky Way”

The Milky Way The ash of a zillion worlds drifts overhead watchers brush loose threads of fire from their eyes thoughts blunder like moths trapped in the listening place we lie on the ground, hear the hum of the turning world. Read More

Anne Phillips – “Dinas Dinlle”

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Matt Duggan – “Dieting Advice for Artemis”

   Dieting Advice for Artemis   After all the years of hunting boar barbecues in the forest Artemis is worried about her high blood pressure We suggest that she seek a dieting alternative maybe lay off the Atkins try out a week of veganism; She’s now traded in her horse for a treadmill on e-bay swapped Read More

Kate Garrett – “Grunge girl”

Grunge girl You know it isn’t the pictures that hurt. It’s remembering the sting of acceptance washing over you like far-flung west coast squalls: you wouldn’t be one of those girls, with the highlights in their hair, honeyed skin, faces lacquered with availability. You sprayed peroxide and lemon juice over your dark brown curls; brassy, Read More

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