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

Deeper In Debt by Adrian McRobb

For our penultimate poem selected by guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs, here comes an 'austerity ballad' from Adrian McRobb. Deeper In Debt… Another day in a small grey town The rain as usual pouring down Sodden people standing in queues Reading papers full of yesterdays news In near empty bars staff idly wipe glasses Beer! … Continue reading Deeper In Debt by Adrian McRobb

Stop Motion Stories

In our January session, we came together to write a communal poem inspired by a simple yet powerful life-story poem, written by local hero Sara Dennis. (See below for full poem). In it, Sara lists a long series of events and actions, some of which seem to be behaviour patterns repeating, some of which are … Continue reading Stop Motion Stories

Grief by Hannah Davies

Grief is a rough skinned gourd, with a course rind of ember green and a soft flesh fruit centre. And when this growth erupts inside your chest you are a heavy globe of roasted heart that swells and writhes and thumps against your ribs, until you don’t know whether to carve your innards out and … Continue reading Grief by Hannah Davies

Film by Beth Ripper

We're absolutely delighted to feature this 'one-shot filmpoem' by Beth Ripper, who has followed the instructions given on our previous tutorial blog. Please do have a go yourself, and send in your work! Beth lives in the wild west of Cumbria with her husband, Tim, and two silly dogs, Pip and Mae. She’s a keen … Continue reading Film by Beth Ripper

I’m Not Changing My Name by Maggie McKay

I’m Not Changing my Name because it is me my baggage, foibles, self   because I love the misspellings   because I will be "ambitious",  "pert" and "forward".    because my life began at birth   because I am not first a wife Maggie Mackay, a Scot and recent Manchester Metropolitan University MA Poetry graduate, … Continue reading I’m Not Changing My Name by Maggie McKay

Chantress by Susie McComb

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