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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Carolyn Oulton

Featured Poets, January 2021 straight to poems

Isabel Bermudez, Heron speaks
Angela Croft, Dancing with Chagall
Bridget Fraser, Maps
Pauline Kirk, Horned Animals, Mesolithic – possibly handles
Denise McSheehy, See-through
Carolyn Oulton, Before I am old
Julie Sampson, 1894; Fran Skating on the Manor Pond
Kathryn Southworth, Uncle Joe’s Mintballs
Jill Townsend, Sun Block
Cathy Whittaker, My Father’s Desk



Sample poem (selected at random)

Before I am old

     ‘And has the remnant of my life
     Been pilfered of this sunny Spring?’
       Dorothy Wordsworth
In the shadow of the woods
shapes push through like teeth,
bluebells hang steep,
bump against my tyres, through the field
the advance and retreat of a tractor.
I’m having that one for a start.
If I don’t go through
those toys, who will? Read those PhD
chapters today, I’ll never have time
to write comments before the review.
That’s a second generation
of arthritis.
The toys are in the shed.
The work is done. If I can’t get back
and look, I’m holding on to the wood and the cliff.

Carolyn Oulton

Poem published in Accidental Fruit, 2016, Worple


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