Category Archives: Poetry

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By Benjamin Judge

Association: The line ‘I crunch the leaf in my hand’ in Apple Tree.

 

The mattress,

free from the pull of her bones,

mocking ascension,

pushes her skyward.

Read more about Benjamin Judge on his blog: Who the fudge is Benjamin Judge? or follow him on twitter: @benjaminjudge

 

 

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GUARDIAN OF THE EDGE

By Agnes Marton

Association: There was no where to go but everywhere…

Winging out jetskinned,
melting off the steel.

Harsh, naked speed
upwards, then saundering.

Everywhere your arms.

Insomniac minutes
to loot.

Here, cherish,
I paint words for you
to frame.

Guardian of the Edge,
I shush pain and fear
from your dreams.

Intact,
shadowless harbour.

Agnes Marton is a hungarian-born poet, editor, linguist, translator. Regularly cooperates with visual artists. Her book: ‘Sculpture/poésie’.

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Budget Family Room

by Helen Addy

Assocation: The title reminded me of a recent travel experience of being stuck in a dirty, disappointing and dysfunctional family hotel room. Despite the experience being frustrating (“Nowhere to go”), I was also lucky enough to have the awareness that even challenging experiences, can sometimes become a door into grace that transforms not only that place/experience but also subsequent ones. (The negative connotations of “Nowhere” being transformed into the positivity of “Everywhere”; broken guttering transforming ordinary rain into a firework display)

Budget Family Room

TV veiled with a white towel;

nightlight of soft blur,

dancing Impressionism.

 

Towel rail disconnected

for your safety;

parcel tape licking bare wires.

 

Fist sized holes in the plaster;

kids’ questions answered

with giant mice.

 

Keycard intruders at 1am;

adrenalin misfired into a family

given the wrong room.

 

Loose guttering outside

turning night rain into crackling fireworks;

morning sun into slices of light.

Helen Addy, 33, is from Forres and has been previously published in BUGGED, Pushing Out the Boat, SOUTH and Carillon.

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