Poems

Poem: Dictation by Susan Utting

Dictation It is the after-lunch, the p.m. dip, the bellyful of three more hours to go against the bodyclock that wants to slow itself, to droop its lids, to drift. And she’s not listening to a word he says, she’s … Continue reading

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Poem: Germ Theory by Lesley Saunders

Germ Theory ‘Hydras and Gorgons, and Chimeras dire’ William Heath, ‘A Monster Soup’, satirical etching of a sample of Thames water 1828 We are all sapiens, all cherishable. Even those of us who drink only bottled water for fear of … Continue reading

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Poem: The Taxidermist by Susan Utting

The Taxidermist Most times it’s knowing when to stop, to leave it, to let go’s the hardest bit; but this time something ticks inside his chest. A small flip-flutter and he’s laying down his grooming brush, standing back to look … Continue reading

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Poem: Fair’s Fair by Susan Utting

Fair’s Fair We are not all able to do all things Virgil, Eclogues viii Lend me your quickstep twinkle, your Highland Schottische and I’ll lend you the flex of my knees, my steady toes, my hop for your shuffle, your … Continue reading

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Poem: Viewpoint by Victoria Pugh

I was standing on the top of Scout Scar. It was winter and the light was fading though the sun was warm behind my back. All around the snow picked out the pink tops of the mountains – and I … Continue reading

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Poem: Bye, Bye Baby by Victoria Pugh

He hurtled out of the ward’s green doors – they flapped and spluttered like sucker fish falling from the side of a liner in dry dock. He poked his head back in for a moment; the doors opened as much … Continue reading

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Poem: Naked by Susan Utting

More than I’d seen before, more than a rabbit, skinned by the sleight of a butcher’s hands, much more than the deft red of his wrists. More than a plucked bird on a hook like a capital ess in a … Continue reading

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