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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Gill Horitz)

Featured Poets, May 2020 straight to poems

Alison Mace, A Glimpse of Eve
Carla Scarano D’Antonio, The new house
Gill Horitz, What Lies in the Winter Wood
Jane McLaughlin, The Lacemaker Travels to Seville
Sue Moules, Nappies on my Neighbour’s Washing Line
Angela Platt, The Elephant Game
Anne Stewart, Body Language
Maureen Weldon, Midnight Robin
Merryn Williams, P.N.D.
Robin Winckel-Mellish, The Leaf Rakers



Sample poem (selected at random)

What Lies in the Winter Wood

End of day, end of year – and she’s thinking what’s next,
her head against the pane and the wind slamming the gate.
When she looks up, the trees are moving through the half light
towards her, through snow piled over the vanished road.
Not a single thought holds her back.
All the meanings held by the trees she remembers,
and how their barks can be unrolled and written upon.
No ordinary wood moves like this, and time is short.
Through the holly tunnels she sings a low song to the owl
and the night leans down, savouring her wintry breath.
What will I take from this? she thinks, looking back
as the moon hurries her along. To believe just once
that such a place exists, the imaginary heart
where everything worth moving towards lies.

Gill Horitz

Poem published in Smiths Knoll, Issue 50


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