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2018 Competition

Poets of the Month:
Jul 18

Holland House

poetry latest Issue, 20

poetry Issue 18 extracts now online

Poem of the Month (to Oct17)

Latest recording:
Daphne Gloag

latest Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time

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*** 2018 POETRY COMPETITION now open ***

*** Holland House, fully booked but enquire for reserve places ***

***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 Mimi Khalvati)

Featured Poets, July 2018 straight to poems

Anne Sherry, Long View
Christine Michael, New Year’s Day
Denni Turp, Monopoly
Fokkina McDonnell, The twins have set up a tattoo parlour
Gill Nicholson, Giardini
Jan Bay-Petersen, It’s a Two and You’re Dead
Jean Atkin, The Children of Lir
Jill Boucher, Hippocampi
Kathleen&nbp;M Quinlan, Flight from the Countryside
Maria Jastrzebska, Old Knives
Mimi Khalvati, The Valley
Shirley Bell, Tell it to the Bees.
Shirley Wright, Reference Library
Vicki Morley, Cairo Chorus


Sample poem (selected at random)

The Valley

Through a thin spray of flowers from the valley
(and frailer for the shyness you gave them with),
through sprigs of blue, their minute suns, many
and angled to many corners of the earth,
I saw, not the valley or even the hill
that rose in front of me, but half-imagined
plateaux that lay beyond these disused mills:
meadows waist-high, horizons mountain-rimmed.

Wildflowers grow there in abundance, so many
you could reap armfuls of them, cauldrons
of colour stoked with their dyes, cornflowers, teasels
snarling your hair and on your headscarf, apron,
shirt and shawl, the whole sky would spill a pinny
studded with seeds. But thank you, thank you for these.

Mimi Khalvati

Poem published in collection, The Meanest Flower


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