Mary MacRae’s second collection
published Aug 10 by Second Light Publications. See order form (pdf file) for discount offers
Listen to Gill McEvoy’s poem Glass Bird in a Shop Window (read by Anne Stewart)
see Dilys’s Guest Blog on Ambitious Women Poets
Spring Festival & Holland House FULLY BOOKED
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Forthcoming anthology from Second Light, due October 2014. Deadline for submissions has passed. Selection is in progress – more about the anthology here
info on our 2006 major anthology of womens’s poetry: Images of Women
Round 7, Month 7… Hylda Sims was our volunteer judge this month. She has selected Vivienne Blake’s Birdwatching as her winning poem. Her four commended poets are: Dorothy Baird, Maggie Butt, Alwyn Marriage and Joolz Sparkes.
Sweet and sour aurora chorus:
unwilling slugabed sleepers
Earlybird seekers of breakfast
hopping and pecking here and there.
A flypast of oystercatchers,
Red Arrows, veiled in black and white
A swimpast of mallard parents
with a ribambelle of fluffballs.
The mugging by high-handed gulls
of an innocent ham sandwich.
A patient hovercraft kestrel
aloft and quivering to plunge.
Formation dancing by starlings
glimmering across the twilit stage.
A soggy stiff-jointed stillness
of a witness, longing for tea
note: Ribambelle is a French word for a string of something, usually children.
Vivienne Blake’s Birdwatching is a succinct description of birds of different feathers, skills and predatory habits with a nod to similar human parades and carry-ons. There’s humour, affection, and clarity. A well-crafted structure of three-line stanzas, each with its brief third line, give rhythm and shape. The last stanza, contrasting these fluent flocks with the watcher – damp, stiff and needing tea – made this poem the winner for me.