Jay Whittaker

Jay Whittaker’s poems were shortlisted for a Scottish New Writers 2016 Award and the 2016 Bridport Poetry Prize, and have been published in Envoi, Orbis, Brittle Star & The Frogmore Papers. Her full length collection, Wristwatch, comes out in 2017..


What sends you over the brink –
a final shove or ceaseless prodding?
Are you hounded to it, coaxed,
alarmed or caught off guard?
The end’s the same.
flailing arms, sky, chasm -
you fall, a shell of significance
at your heart a pearl.

Jay Whittaker

Pearl, 2005, Selkirk Lapwing Press, ISBN 0-9-531212-6-7
“Regeneration” in Both sides of Hadrian‘s Wall, 2006, Selkirk Lapwing Press, ISBN 0-9-554056-3-7

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