Archive for the ‘Poetry’ Category
Posted on February 26, 2013 - by Kate
Two of my poems, ‘On Mending a Lost Letter’ and ‘Blue Plums’ have just appeared in Seventh Quarry Magazine and it was lovely to get my copy of it in the post and read some of the fantastic writing featured in there. Here’s one of the poems of mine that was published in Issue 17, Winter 2013:
On Mending a Lost Letter
The paper’s yellowed, but the watermark’s
still plain, hand-made, sheer as a stocking.
Some perfume – Blue Waltz maybe – mingles
with ink that has turned grey from time.
He lines the pieces on linoleum,
tallies shred with shred, matches threadbare
ribbons of words, mends a g’s curve
an n’s bend, holds up the whole, reads her
round hand, lays his face against her
old address and hears the paper sing.
Posted on June 25, 2012 - by Kate
The Argument Man in Winter
He had to be angry because
it was his schtick. You couldn’t have
That was the whole point, the USP.
50 cents for a disagreement
A dollar for a spat.
You paid up
and took what you got. Whichever
side you picked, he picked the other side.
He knew politics, the law,
He was a born debater, never rude
though imposing, standing 6’8″ in socks
wearing his foil cloak with the red
One day he didn’t show.
Another day. A week.
You were sad, but you weren’t
Drugs, you thought, or looking
on the bright side, maybe he’d found
somewhere to sleep with winter
You asked the Weather Woman if she
knew anything. Sitting in state
by Stoke’s Books with her Big Slurp cup
she was robust and red-cheeked
and infinitely wise concerning
windchill factor and upcoming
Though she couldn’t have predicted
that blizzard headed our way.
Cold caller, it came for him
Dead white. Sudden. Some nights in your
dreams, you see him calmly make a salvo,
reason the freezing
Posted on November 27, 2011 - by Kate
I had a great time reading at the Derwent Poetry Festival 2011 and met lots of lovely people. Now I’m happy to see that the Bliss Anthology is available to buy. Like all Templar’s publications this anthology is beautifully printed and produced and has loads of great writing in it. The other collections that were on sale at the festival are also available.
Another collection my poetry has been included in is the Ravenglass Anthology. That’s available from Amazon and includes some work by poets I really admire. I felt very pleased to be included in it.
Here’s a poem I wrote quite recently that was included in Bliss:
It arrived when I was heartsick, a chameleon’s tail
of postscript, tucked beneath sincerely in my
Just a question: how’s the weather there? How could I know
that scrap of neat print would unfurl into
about a bullfrog plummeting into a sleeping pool;
that water’s Diamene would bleed into
blazoning a long-dead lady’s throat? How could I know
the wire hairs growing from her head would curl
into the ode
you sent me, set to the archicembalo, full of night skies
and fevered brows? Or that our temperatures would
rise too high,
too fast, wax-sealed aeroplanes thrust at the sun,
crash-landing crumpled in a corner of my room,
bone-folded crisp as origami cranes
leaving me out of humour, ink-stained and
Posted on November 8, 2011 - by Kate
I’m excited to be reading at the fifth Derwent Poetry Festival in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, 11th-13th November. My collection ‘Paper Bullets’ was a runner up in the Templar Pamphlet Competition, so some of my poems will be published in Templar’s annual anthology, Bliss. The festival includes both new and more established Templar poets, including guest reader Mimi Khalvati. Here’s one of the poems I’ll be reading:
In his leaf-curl hand
he writes root stock numbers
dates and heights of trees,
the gross of summer crops.
Some days he traces ridge-veined drupes
onto the pale lines of his ledger.
they drift between trees
their hair a tangled sweet pea vine,
as if death winnowed them.
He draws their drowned shapes,
notes the colours of their clothes,
the way their shadows
rise some evenings from the roots
and beg for water.