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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below by Denise McSheehy)

Featured Poets, January 2022 straight to poems

Barbara Dordi, In the Footsteps of Achille Laugé
Denise McSheehy, See-through
Clair Chilvers, Knitting
Isabel Bermudez, Heron speaks
Estelle Price, Come Night
Jennie Osborne, Salmon
June Webster, Cradle to Crib
Lynne Wycherley, Leaving Burray
Martha Street, Let the Trees
Myra Schneider, Lifting the Sky
Susan Davies, 23 Fitzroy Road, Primrose Hill


Sample poem (selected at random)


     ‘Opposite her was a window luminous and cool as aquarium glass
     and warped as water ’
               Marilynne Robinson
The childhood window
new light pouring in, a white rat
running the drain pipe.
A veranda glassed, stuffy
jammed with boots and bikes, ill-fitting windows
vaulting the room into yellow.
The narrow window in that first house, jerked
open, the crumbly lilac giving off
its sweet cool thread.
Night, the children sleeping – a window cracked
for air, your face
pressed against the cold glass.
Found windows, framing roof tops chimneys
their intricate arrangement
of levels and slopes.
A room with a wall of glass, its interplay
of green and steady north light
swapped with black.
Windows scored with rain.
The brutal slots in castle walls.
Light’s geometry.

Denise McSheehy

Poem first published in Agenda 2014;
in collection The Plate Spinner, 2017, Oversteps Books


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