War Bride by Maggie Mackay

This Friday we're happy to bring you a gentle, compassionate, and hopeful poem from Maggie Mackay. It enters into the thoughts of a woman embarking on a huge change of home - her own great-aunt! War Bride I board a steamship wider than the Waverley. Salty, saltier than the Clyde, the Atlantic is pulling me … Continue reading War Bride by Maggie Mackay

Two poems by Tracey Scott-Townsend

In the wake of our short season of 'changing home' poems as selected by Clive Birnie, we're making the executive decision to feature just a handful more poems that were mentioned honourably in dispatches! Here are two from Hull-based poet, author and publisher Tracey Scott-Townsend, which contrast living in a van with the lure of … Continue reading Two poems by Tracey Scott-Townsend

Written when freshly moved… by Jemima Foxtrot

So this is the last pick from our special guest editor, Clive Birnie of Burning Eye Books - thanks Clive! We promise that he saw all submissions fully anonymised, so it is just a testament to the consistency of his editorial tastes that he chose poems by two poets from the Burning Eye stable! This … Continue reading Written when freshly moved… by Jemima Foxtrot

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

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