In Situ by Mel Eaton

Mel Eaton’s poem ‘In Situ’ is a poem of snapshots - of trying to make sense of being cast adrift in a world of medical jargon by becoming absorbed in watching raindrops on a window. It is a poem of sinking and sadness, of passing that endless time spent waiting. It is a poem of … Continue reading In Situ by Mel Eaton

Howls by Ann Cuthbert

In Ann Cuthbert’s poem ‘Howls’, we see how terror and tragedy can hide in the utter-ness of the everyday. It is not always loud or visible. This is the crumbling of an individual amongst the mundane and it is so much more effective for that. When she gets a chance to be alone, she howls. … Continue reading Howls by Ann Cuthbert

Birth Trauma (PTSD) by Rachel Bower

I feel that this poem will be one that so many of us will identify with. Nothing can prepare you for the realities of childbirth and none of us can predict its effects upon us. The trauma is real and has lasting consequences. This poem leaves many questions unanswered and throughout maintains a sense of … Continue reading Birth Trauma (PTSD) by Rachel Bower

Splendid Isolation 2 by Sandra Falconer

The brilliant Sandra from our monthly digital storytelling class is keeping a poetic journal during lockdown - here's the second installment! Splendid Isolation 2 We expected it to last a lifetime  - that first week How quickly did it pass! No alarms, no arguments over breakfast No school bus that refused to wait for the … Continue reading Splendid Isolation 2 by Sandra Falconer

The Tall God In The Wood by Susannah Violette

"Here is witchery and incantation, a poem of deep and darkness, legend and lore. I found so much to like in this earthy piece full of blood and guts." - Jane Burn, guest editor. The Tall God in the Wood the jack knife flicking of red worms the quickening soup of his mouth the way … Continue reading The Tall God In The Wood by Susannah Violette

Splendid Isolation 1 by Sandra Falconer

Continuing with our 'incidental' series of poems written by members of our monthly digital storytelling group, here's the first of some lockdown verse by Sandra Falconer! Splendid Isolation When the command finally came it was hardly unexpected. Indeed, our self incarceration was anxiously desired As he found, at last, the means to sound authoritative, We … Continue reading Splendid Isolation 1 by Sandra Falconer

Outrageous Light by Helen Anderson

"Helen Anderson’s poem ‘Outrageous Light’ is a stark reminder that nothing can really take away the utter devastation of losing someone we love. ‘Gone is Gone’ holds such heartbreaking finality, is an unarguable statement with a dark, epitaph-like feel. The last stanza offers a hollow and terrible contrast - one child is gone from this … Continue reading Outrageous Light by Helen Anderson

Messages of hope from Ally O’Neill

Hello! In addition to our Friday poems selected by Jane Burn, we're delighted to bring you a few poems and messages from the participants of our monthly digital storytelling workshops. Ally O'Neill is a mum of two teenagers, born and raised in Middlesbrough. She says I started off writing songs after learning the guitar at … Continue reading Messages of hope from Ally O’Neill

Honour by Finola Scott

"Finola Scott’s poem ‘Honour’ brings us the shock of a younger person’s mortality. I feel very strongly the sense of the loss of someone else’s son through the conversation with her own child. Death touches every one of us and in many ways, we never expect it in those younger than us. The poem suggests … Continue reading Honour by Finola Scott

Mercy by E.A. Charlton

"E A Charlton’s poem has hints of the biblical within its small, simple, psalm-like form. ‘Spare the rabbit heart inside/That brittle chest of mine’ carried a lot of emotion within it for me, perfectly summed up the idea of fast-beating fear. The poem ends on a note of quiet sadness that I found very affecting." … Continue reading Mercy by E.A. Charlton

Into The Sea by Dominic Berry

"Dominic Berry’s poem is a baptism for our modern age. The poem is snatched and breathless with a sense of the sea’s danger in phrases like ‘slash/sharp waves.’ The poet conjures an atmosphere of breathlessness and screams. He is fighting against the very elements for his freedom. The sea pulls him inexorably." - Jane Burn, … Continue reading Into The Sea by Dominic Berry

Protection Spell For A Lover by Cheryl Pearson

Cheryl Pearson’s poem brings us to that terrifying precipice - that utter fear, that overwhelming sensation that something is going to happen to the person/people most important to us, most crucial to our very survival. There is an air of agoraphobia, of being unable to brave the cruel outside in the line ‘I don’t want … Continue reading Protection Spell For A Lover by Cheryl Pearson