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*** Latest Remote Workshops: – ENDINGS
two complementary half-day workshops by Anne Stewart and Sarah Westcott ***

Latest publication: The Last Parent, by Anne Stewart. £9.95 ( & see book club offer)


Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Lesley J Ingram)

Featured Poets, Jun 2021 straight to poems

Alison Mace, A Glimpse of Eve
Caroline Gill, Elegy for Idris Davies
Doreen Hinchliffe, The Art of Getting Lost
Helen T Curtis, Crucible
Jill Gardiner, At the Opera
Lesley Ingram, Unzipping
Marion Tracy, Stones
Mimi Khalvati, The Valley
Nola Turner, On the Road
Shirley Wright, Reference Library
Zoe Brooks, My Grandfather and Uncle


Sample poem (selected at random)


This is more than dibbing in, but not quite
rifling through. The zip defensively tooth
and nail, bites, snatching the tremor from my skin,
scratching my rouge noir. Deep breaths.
This has to be against some law.
I finger-skim the surface shapes, reading
the contents like braille, a sharp edge, a cold key,
a press of leather, a prickling of guesses.
Time washes in, pools in the notebook
I know holds your days, your
coffee mornings, keep fit classes, chemo
dates. Your variations in temperature.
I recognise your lipstick mirror by the ring
of bling round its top. I can’t open it.
I would see you. Drowning in your Youth
Dew, choking in your tissues and
mini-sudukos, half-dying
in the deeping and the laws
of nature … I see you shake your head.
‘Dive in’, you say, ‘dive in – we have no secrets
you and me’. Already half way round
the bend I nod. Had. You mean had.

Lesley J Ingram

* written for the theme ‘Into the Deep’

Poem published in Mslexia, April 2010


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