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poetry latest Issue, 19

Comp Results 2017

Poets of the Month:
Dec 17

Latest recording:
Daphne Gloag

latest Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time

poetry Guidelines

poetry Issue 16 & 17 extracts now online

Competition prior year Results


***Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time, by Myra Schneider
(Fanfare & Her Wings of Glass, both series still available) ***

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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Kaye Lee)

Featured Poets, December 2017 straight to poems

Moira Andrew, My mistake     
Denise Bennett, Water Chits     
Nadine Brummer, The Frog’s Princess     
Janet Fisher, Brittle Bones     
Katherine Gallagher, Gwen Johns Swims the Channel     
June Hall, Uncharted     
Helen Ivory, Bluebeard the Chef     
Kaye Lee, Hand in Hand     
Myra Litton, Ripples of a Life     
Angela Platt, The Elephant Game     


Sample poem – Commended, Poem of the Month competition, July 2017

Hand in Hand

Years ago I held your hands
to guide you on the long
walk to hospital. Beneath
their patches your eyes
oozed tears to wash away
woodchips thrown there
by the giant saw.
Your hands were large,
calloused. Black sap
emphasized lines and folds,
darkened every nail. Skin,
brown and tough from the sun,
still let splinters skewer in –
you’d prise them out with Mum’s
fattest darning needle.
Though I led you, all
the strength of our bond
lay in your hands not
in my small, anxious
eight-year-old fingers.
When I hold your hands again
to help you from your wheelchair
mine are the weathered, rough hands,
yours are Persil white, baby soft.
You do not recall the pain
of penetrating wood and your hands,
calm, delicately trusting, accept
that now the strength is mine.

Kaye Lee


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