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Poets of the Month:
May 22

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2022 Competition OPEN

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*** ANNUAL POETRY COMPETITION 2022 OPEN***

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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below by Merryn Williams)

Featured Poets, May 2022 straight to poems
 

Angela Kirby, Trizonia
Anna Avebury, Ash Wednesday, 2022
Jan Bay-Petersen, It’s a Two and You’re Dead
Helen Ivory, Bluebeard the Chef
Jenna Plewes, Leave Me in the Light
Hilaire, The Sheffield Man
Jill Townsend, Sun Block
Marion Tracy, Stones
Marie Papier, Woman Cutting an Apple
Merryn Williams, P.N.D.
Stevie Krayer, Agnus Dei
Wendy French, London Dry
 

 

Sample poem (selected at random)

P.N.D.

     post-natal depression
 
One fell off the fragile bridge,
others froze in horror.
Far below them, howling winds
and glimpse of raging water.
 
Four young women shared a house,
partied, shrieked with laughter.
All got married, scattered wide.
Three go on without her.
 
Driving rain, on clothes and skin;
you feel the great bridge shudder.
The baby knows there’s something wrong,
stares round and sees no mother.
 
Three go home. All night they weep;
why did no one save her?
while each, in fear, bears step by step,
a child across the water.
 

Merryn Williams

Poem published in Acumen and in collection, The Fragile Bridge

 

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