I’m delighted to hear that my poems have been shortlisted for the Ravenglass Poetry Press Competition.
A group of my poems will be included in the forthcoming Ravenglass Anthology. It’s available from Amazon and includes some work by poets I really admire. I felt very pleased to be included in it.
Here’s one of the poems that you can find in it:
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.
There are ghosts in the orchard
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.