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Poem of the Month

Round 8, Month 9. Our judge this month is Anne Stewart, and her winner is Angela Croft, for her poem Dancing with Chagall. Her four commended poets are Anna Avebury, Rose Flint, Kaye Lee and Anne Ryland.
 

Dancing with Chagall

It’s all very well allowing him to fling
you up into the air
your purple skirt waving like a flag
above the rooftops
your feet in the clouds
 
but what will you do if it turns to rain
up in the sky without a hat
 
those strappy shoes, that scrap of cloth
that hardly passes as a blouse
slipping off your shoulder
to show your luminous skin
your fragile bones
 
him with fire in his eyes clasping
your hand as if he’d never let you fall
 
and you so very, very brittle
 

Angela Croft

first published in the French Literary Review

Judge’s comment:
 
I love the assurance, how the scene, pace and attitude are set so immediately and clearly and maintained (without ever losing musicality) through the poet’s linguistic choices “those strappy shoes…” How brilliantly the risk of love – “but what will you do if it turns to rain” – of trusting your life to that one person who excites you, is expressed here.
 

Anne Stewart

Mammogram, by Anna Avebury
Moontrade, by Rose Flint
Hand in Hand, by Kaye Lee
For a Daughter, by Anne Ryland