13 Wallside by Sara Hirsch

In selecting this short prose-poem by Sara Hirsch, our guest editor Clive Birnie says "another editor once said to me that it can be the smallest detail in a poem that makes it stand out. Here, that detail is 'a little plastic voice'." 13 Wallside The first time we visit it is vacant except for … Continue reading 13 Wallside by Sara Hirsch

How To Build A Home by Sarah L Dixon

Guest editor Clive Birnie selected this poem because, he says, "I love the reflections of sounds; diaries, fairies..." How to build a home after Clare Shaw   Cover the bare bulbs with tassels and shades that take the light and warm and dull it.   Place boots in the hallway. They will tangle into a comfortable … Continue reading How To Build A Home by Sarah L Dixon

Shift by Rob Walton

A welcome return for a Celebrating Change regular, Rob Walton, with a short and atmospheric poem that grabbed our guest editor Clive Birnie's attention. Clive says "there is so much unsaid here - and last night I slept in a house where you go downstairs to the bedroom!" Shift I’ve been frying this cheap mince for … Continue reading Shift by Rob Walton

Then by Hannah Stone

The second of our 'changing home' poetry choices by guest editor Clive Birnie is by Hannah Stone. Clive says "I chose this one for 'the dust that settled on all the things I didn’t do'. I think we can all recognise that sentiment." Then When it’s time for me to take home my bones I will … Continue reading Then by Hannah Stone

Three poems by Jane Burn

Welcome to this edition of Celebrating Change, kicking off our short season of poems about 'changing home', selected by very special guest editor Clive Birnie. Clive is founder and editor at award-winning independent press, Burning Eye. He's also an artist and a writer of poetry and prose, with an interest in experimental forms using blackout, … Continue reading Three poems by Jane Burn

Message to my 16-year-old self by Rachel Burns

And we end our set of poems about change of identity with one that our guest editor, Degna Stone, says "is a change that feels familiar, the move from idealistic teen to cynical grown up..." Home from the late shift serving lobster and guinea fowl to the rich folk at The Stile Restaurant.   I rub … Continue reading Message to my 16-year-old self by Rachel Burns

Yorkshire by Kathryn Metcalfe

Guest editor Degna Stone chose this poem saying "I like the way the changes that occur to the speaker in this poem are caused by the landscape and by a reaction to or against the generation that came before."  Kathryn herself says "the poem is about how identity can be shaped by our background and where … Continue reading Yorkshire by Kathryn Metcalfe