Denise McSheehy lives in Devon. Her second collection The Plate Spinner was published by Oversteps Books in 2017. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
‘Opposite her was a window luminous and cool as aquarium glass
and warped as water ’
The childhood window
new light pouring in, a white rat
running the drain pipe.
A veranda glassed, stuffy
jammed with boots and bikes, ill-fitting windows
vaulting the room into yellow.
The narrow window in that first house, jerked
open, the crumbly lilac giving off
its sweet cool thread.
Night, the children sleeping – a window cracked
for air, your face
pressed against the cold glass.
Found windows, framing roof tops chimneys
their intricate arrangement
of levels and slopes.
A room with a wall of glass, its interplay
of green and steady north light
swapped with black.
Windows scored with rain.
The brutal slots in castle walls.
Poem first published in Agenda, 2014; in collection The Plate Spinner, 2017, Oversteps Books
The Plate Spinner, 2017, Oversteps Books, ISBN 978-1-9068567-5-5
Salt, 2008, The Poetry Can, ISBN 978-0-9539234-3-4, available from Denise
Salt Prints, pamphlet, 2000, Jones Press, , ISBN ISBN cISBN, £
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