Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

Guest editor Degna Stone was attracted to this poem because it shows "the ever changing relationship between a parent and child. The challenge of responding to someone who is constantly evolving to find their place within the world." I knew she was a girl before she arrived. Didn’t have to tell me. A father knows … Continue reading Challenge by Dominic Nelson-Ashley

That’s Not Me by Suzy Bromwich-Alexandra

We're just past the halfway point of our 'change of identity' poems, selected by guest editor Degna Stone. Here's her take on That's Not Me - The defiance of not letting circumstance or the expectations of others define you comes through loud and clear in this poem. And who can resist a poem that references … Continue reading That’s Not Me by Suzy Bromwich-Alexandra

Identity Theft by Marilyn Longstaff

This poem takes a playful look at living under an alias, of reinventing yourself and finding a way to separate your present from your past. Identity Theft He took my name and promised to get back to me. He didn’t, of course, and I wondered what he did with it?   Losing my name meant … Continue reading Identity Theft by Marilyn Longstaff

Blue Butterflies by Elizabeth Gibson

For this second of eight poems on the theme of changing identity, guest editor Degna Stone writes With its rich imagery, this poem doesn’t dwell on any sense of loss but creates a fertile world where strength and beauty is found in what is, not on what might have been. Blue butterflies If my hairs are … Continue reading Blue Butterflies by Elizabeth Gibson

I Was Standing By The Fridge by Fran Edwards

I was standing by the fridge when she said "I'm pregnant" I celebrated with wine, fizzy like the bubbles of joy in my mind I couldn't believe that at last I was going to be a grandmother I smiled a lot I worried too I waited for scans and enough weeks passing to feel it … Continue reading I Was Standing By The Fridge by Fran Edwards

Guest editor call out for submissions!

Please welcome our second of three guest editors, Degna Stone! Degna Stone is a published poet who has twice received New Writing North awards, and a founder editor at acclaimed poetry journal Butcher’s Dog. She works as an Enabler for the Slate Consortia project, developing routes into creative arts and theatre for BMER artists. She … Continue reading Guest editor call out for submissions!

Three Poems by Francis Annett

Good morning on this sunny Bank Holiday Monday! I hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend. I'm delighted to tell you that today's blog features not one, but three poems from our regular group member, Francis Arnett. Francis started work as a teacher in secondary education and retired after 40 years, with many happy memories and … Continue reading Three Poems by Francis Annett