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Kayak Woman

Kayak Woman

This little poem is about my friend in Wivenhoe who loves kayaking more than anyone I know. It is shaped like the river, and the verse in italics represents the woman in her kayak. The structure is kind of a deconstructed Quennet developed by Phil Terry from the...
Fragments of Genova

Fragments of Genova

I went to a beautiful country wedding this weekend where I met some wonderful people with mixed heritage and it reminded me of this poem. I wrote it as part of a collection of poems based on interviews with local women, however this one reflects some of my own...
The Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest

Here is a response to a visit yesterday to the Petrified Forest in Mundon which was recommended to me by a friend from Wivenhoe. I found it beautiful rather than scary, but I still could not resist the temptation to pen a spooky poem. One theory is that the trees...
Manifesto

Manifesto

Married to the Marshes has a manifesto. It’s a poem in the form of a Quennet, a sonnet like structure developed by Phil Terry Director of the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex. I recently took part in a workshop with Phil at the Radical...
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...