Two Poems by Finola Scott

In this age of vast public demonstrations and non-violent rebellion, these two vivid poems from Finola Scott speak of a global human community, and the risks that demonstrators run. 'We are very close': Tens of thousands march in Venezuela 2/2/19 This river of democracy is in full spate, With flags foaming, baseball capped marchers flood … Continue reading Two Poems by Finola Scott

The Weapon and The Dove by David McVey

The language and imagery in this poem are beautiful - 'a harsh shout raw like mince' and 'breathless latchkey kid'. It's evocative of being a child and the man who's 'tall but hungry thin' is vividly described. The poem successfully puts us in a time and place with the single piece of dialogue and the … Continue reading The Weapon and The Dove by David McVey

Change by Catherine Faulkner

This week we welcome the work of Scotland-based poet Catherine Faulkner. Chosen by guest editor Jess Green for our series on 'Difference & Defiance', Jess Says "I enjoy the power and the confidence of this poem with some beautiful lines and a rare effective use of alliteration - 'scattering it Samson strong' and 'cuticles and … Continue reading Change by Catherine Faulkner

The Last Time I Smelt Paris by Marka Rifat

"I love the imagery of Paris in this poem and how sound is used as well as rhyme to create rhythm. The French vocabulary and Parisian sights enhances a real sense of place. The almost nursery rhyme-esque rhyme scheme gives the last line an even greater impact when we don't expect it." Thanks as always … Continue reading The Last Time I Smelt Paris by Marka Rifat

Board Man by Claire Booker

We're delighted to welcome Claire Booker back to the blog, this time with a piece selected by our second guest editor Jess Green. Jess says "I love subtlety of this poem (right down to its structure on the page) which presents a familiar image of the person with the advertising board. We've all seen those … Continue reading Board Man by Claire Booker

Dancing In Your Houses by Sarah L Dixon

When guest editor Jess Green chose this poem, she said "I love the familiarity and warmth of Dancing In Your Houses, the idea of throughout the week we 'feel the air waiting patiently for Friday' and the image of ' the corners of the front room no-one usually goes in are filled with wind-milling arms'. … Continue reading Dancing In Your Houses by Sarah L Dixon

Catholic Girl Ghazal by Rachel Burns

Welcome to the second of thirteen wonderful weeks in the company of poems selected by guest editor Jess Green, who says of this ghazal "The traditional structure of Catholic Girl Ghazal sits brilliantly alongside the references to Madonna both in pop culture and religion. The repetition creates a musicality which is echoed in the reference … Continue reading Catholic Girl Ghazal by Rachel Burns