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The Last House

The Last House

The Last House is a response to The Nearest House, an etching by Mersea artist Elizabeth Morris. Writers have been inspired to write poems about works of art since Greek times. Ecphrasis means an often passionate response to a visual piece of art, and it has been well...
Mehalah

Mehalah

The poem is a response to the dark melodrama by Sabine Baring Gould, Mehalah, A Story of the Salt Marshes [1920] (London: Forgotten Books, 2012). It suggests that once Mehalah is dead and no longer restricted by her female role, she returns to her beloved landscape...
The Mermaid of Pin Mill

The Mermaid of Pin Mill

The mermaid wants to become human to leave her mermaid role behind and to write, but the male writer has other ideas. Francis lives on a houseboat called ‘Blue Bird’. This is a reference to Arthur Ransome who apparently did not sail on bibliographer Walter Ledger’s...
The Witch of Wivenhoe

The Witch of Wivenhoe

The poem reflects social expectations, and the contrast between the town and the countryside. The theme again is transformation, and the river allows the witch to be something else which brings her playful happiness, symbolised by the seal. The ending infers that...
Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

The poem is about a pleasant walk down to Alresford Creek, which turns into the sighting of a ghost ship and it is an attempt to subvert idealised nature writing. The river is alive and it plays back its own history regardless of who is around. Our local maritime...