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2024 Competition NOW OPEN

Poets of the Month:
Jun 24

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DILYS WOOD READING with JULIAN BISHOP
25th June 2024, 2pm to 5pm for Shortlands Poetry Circle (Bromley)
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Poets of the Month (& see sample poem below, by Mimi Khalvati

Featured Poets, June 2024 straight to poems
 

Anne Sherry, Double Edged
Denise Bennett, Water Chits
Gill Horitz, What Lies in the Winter Wood
Jay Whittaker, Canopy
June Hall, Uncharted
Liz Parkes, The Coffin Works Wedding
Marion Tracy, Stones
Mimi Khalvati, The Valley
Rosalind Parkes, Scarcely there
Sue Spiers, De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
 

 

Sample poem (selected at random)

The Valley

Through a thin spray of flowers from the valley
(and frailer for the shyness you gave them with),
through sprigs of blue, their minute suns, many
and angled to many corners of the earth,
I saw, not the valley or even the hill
that rose in front of me, but half-imagined
plateaux that lay beyond these disused mills:
meadows waist-high, horizons mountain-rimmed.
 

Wildflowers grow there in abundance, so many
you could reap armfuls of them, cauldrons
of colour stoked with their dyes, cornflowers, teasels
snarling your hair and on your headscarf, apron,
shirt and shawl, the whole sky would spill a pinny
studded with seeds. But thank you, thank you for these.
 

Mimi Khalvati

Poem published in collection The Meanest Flower, 2007, Carcanet

 

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