Maggie Sawkins

Maggie Sawkins lives in Southsea, Hampshire where she organises Tongues&Grooves Poetry and Music Club. Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Zones of Avoidance. Maggie works with people in recovery from addiction.

Zones of Avoidance

     (a short extract)
I’m reading ‘The Confessions of an English Opium Eater’ –
I want to understand what drove my daughter out in the snow
with no coat or socks, in search of a fix.
I want to understand what divinity led her
to set up camp in the derelict ‘pigeon house’
after running out of sofas to surf.
I was a Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds girl myself.
I liked the way it made inanimate objects move,
until that day in Balham when my guy sang Rock n Roll Suicide
from a third floor window, and an Alsatian leapt
from the wood grain of the station door, and policemen
were penguins in disguise.
Tough Love. The mantra of the support group for those
beaten by their loved one’s addiction.
When I was busted at nineteen and the bedsit landlord
tipped my belongings onto the street, the last person
I would’ve turned to was my mother.
You’ve made your bed. Lie on it. Lie on it. Lie on it.

Maggie Sawkins

Poem published in Zones of Avoidance, 2013

Zones of Avoidance (multimedia live literature performance, directed by Mark C Hewitt), 2013;
The Zig Zag Woman, 2007, Two Ravens Press;
Charcot’s Pet, 2003, Flarestack

Zones of Avoidance website
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