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Poets of the Month:
Sep 18

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Poets of the Month:
Aug 18

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latest Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time

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*** 2018 POETRY COMPETITION now closed ***
next deadline: ARTEMISpoetry – poetry 31st August; artwork 14th Sep (amended from 30th, apologies for error)

*** Events Autumn Festival Fri 16 & Sat 17 November now booking ***

***Remote Workshop Perceptions of Time, by Myra Schneider
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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Stevie Krayer)

Featured Poets, September 2018 straight to poems

Ann Alexander, To the front, as night is falling
Diana Brighouse, Dried-up tears for Yemen
Clare Crossman, The Winter Crown
Vivienne Fogel, Notebook
Bridget Fraser, Maps
Justina Hart, A Wire to Grief
Stevie Krayer, Agnus Dei
Alwyn Marriage, La Matelote
Denise McSheehy, See-through
Moya Pacey, Smalls
Anne Ryland, For a Daughter
Ann Segrave, Aviatrix
Judith Taylor, Kingfisher
Sarah Westcott, Pool
Mary Wight, Flodigarry, Skye


Sample poem (selected at random)

from “Mass for the Oort Cloud”
Agnus Dei

Thar she blows!
telltale trace
on the horizon. No
leviathan – behold
the speck of god-dust
that takes away
the weight
of that mighty
unaccounted for
dark mass
(well, maybe). Load
it up with all
your unanswered
questions, scientists!
If only
it could take
away our own
darkness – but
even if we
conscientiously put out
our garbage, there’s
no celestial dustcart
to call; and
could it be taken?
Out in that desert
no benign
kites and gulls

Stevie Krayer

Poem published in New Monkey, 2014


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