the story of us
My poem 'The Story of Us' was commended in the 2014 Mother's Milk Books Writing Prize. The judge, Cathy Bryant, wrote this about my poem: ‘The Story of Us’ has a terrific opening: ‘The path between your wrinkles was never too narrow/for fairy tales’. The fairy tale motif is used throughout the poem in which a ‘princess’ loves, and then loses, her grandfather. This works very well when contrasted with prosaic details: the castle is ‘destroyed by the dragon’ when the old man dies, and the bereaved granddaughter ‘…cried openly into your freshly-ironed shirt’. The poem was included in an anthology of the winning and commended pieces published by Mother's Milk Books, available from here.
Ver Poets Anthology, 50th Anniversary, Wheel of the Stars
Gazing at Gaia-an Anthology of Poems by Manchester Poets, 2017
An anthology of winning poems in the Carefree Kids Poetry competition, 2016, Crying for the Lost Tigers