Denise McSheehy

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 ’
               Marilynne Robinson
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.
Light’s geometry.

Denise McSheehy

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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