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
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
As we head towards our winter break, I'd like to thank everyone who came out to our second workshop, including a few new faces - so wonderful to have a roomful of people making memory maps! I first used memory mapping as a writing prompt at a workshop run by the fabulous Wolf At The … Continue reading Drawing out the stories
Hello folks, please join me in welcoming the first of three guest editors for this blog! Jessie Joe Jacobs is an amazing women - activist, campaigner, charity leader, writer and passionate Teessider! Please visit her website to find out more about the amazing things she's been involved with, including founding A Way Out charity, and … Continue reading Guest editor alert!!
I need a change of scenery he said, looking through me at something more appealing and desirable. I changed the sheets but the bed still smelt of him. Three months later he changed his mind he said he'd had a change of heart. So had I, and I'd changed the locks. Thanks … Continue reading Moving On by Fran Edwards
Chantress Snaking briar Kiss the ground Make a root Where you’re found Snick and snag Kitten claws Do your worst Little thorns Overgrow Overthrow Nature’s way Hammer home He is gone He who strimmed Beat you back Lopped your limbs Dragged you forth Burnt your dead Boiled your young Smeared his … Continue reading Chantress by Susie McComb
Nationality The TV presenters are shouting. Every line they deliver is accentuated by dramatic pauses and rising crescendos. I scan the jammed airport terminal, attempting to spy a man under forty not clad in a cap. The voices are too loud; jarring. I have returned once more to the U. S. of A. “Welcome … Continue reading Nationality by Valerie Pate