Category Archives: workshop pieces

The Taking #BringBackOurGirls #amediting #VAW

The Taking   We knew the soldiers were coming Hid in our beds, no one to protect us Goods on the shelf waiting to be stolen   Before, that day, we had lessons Cursed algebra, embraced Shakespeare Explored China, played … Continue reading

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He loved one thing…

He loved one thing The smell of onion and garlic Cooking, leaking out Of her skin, branding her clothes. That promise of a meal, ready to turn With repetitive force. The comfort of nothingness Of whole countries debased with The … Continue reading

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Remember – another poem written at a workshop about #WW1 #amwriting

I’m trying to forget the fear, the mud, the stench of bodies Blown away from themselves. The barbed wire scratching at my soul.   Shuffling towards death, one by one in dirty uniforms Those hollowed out eyes reflecting back from … Continue reading

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Remember… A poem about Dora written in Clay Cross #WW1 #LestWeForget

This was written in a workshop with Emma Pass at Clay Cross – our last session. It had been brewing for a while, though I’m not sure I yet have all my facts. ‘Remember’ was our warm-up word and we … Continue reading

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The Storyteller

A piece that came out of a workshop recently. The storytellers hands are lined. Lines upon lines upon lines. So much to read from them. Time encrusted fingers, nicotine stains. He doesn’t smoke. That is from another him. The storyteller … Continue reading

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She asked

She asked if she might sleep a while On the harsh slate floor And lay as cool as milk Thin as gauze We quietly watched, put some more logs on the fire. Her opalescent skin Took all the corners of … Continue reading

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