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2018 Competition

Poets of the Month:
Jun 18

Holland House

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poetry Issue 18 extracts now online

Poem of the Month (to Oct17)

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Daphne Gloag

latest Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time

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*** 2018 POETRY COMPETITION now open ***

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***Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time, by Myra Schneider
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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Julie Sampson)

Featured Poets, June 2018 straight to poems

Caroline Carver, Sedna the Sea Goddess
Gill Fothergill, To Pam    The Neighbour I Have Never Met
Dorrie Johnson, Unnamed
Melinda Lovell, Woodlanders
Nicky Mesch, Testing Her Metal
Carolyn O’Connell, Diamonds
Julie Sampson, 1894; Fran Skating on the Manor Pond
Anne Stewart, Body Language
Maureen Weldon, Midnight Robin
Claire Williamson, The Hippocrene
Veronica Zundel, ‘Dear God, all the children can run except me’


Sample poem (selected at random)

1894; Fran Skating on the Manor Pond

She skates over and around its frozen surface,
then spins a pencil-pirouette,
muffs blue-heat her hands
and from her waist a scarlet whirl of skirt.
In hazy light veins seem to break in olive eyes
as the blades of her boots refract the scratching ice
and under setting sun
her shadow is half a pulsating heart.
Ida, in the kitchen sits and snips
the corners of the paper folds.
Brittle like ice.
Deft, her fingers snip and snap then
rippling like a fan the row of skating dolls
holding hand by hand.
Robert, in the other room
turns a page.
His book about the Ministry
is a weight upon his mind.
His sisters are making their mark;
each enacts a secret lore
on a slated sheet of white,
figure skating on the land of open-space
and inscribing a serrated pictograph.
Even the tiny feet of each minute dancing doll
are chipped away to equip them with the sharpest razor cut.

Julie Sampson

The poem was runner-up in the Exeter Poetry Prize 1999;
published in anthology Making Worlds; One Hundred Contemporary Women Poets, (Headland, 2003).


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