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Prole 13

PoetryPosted by editor Sat, April 12, 2014 20:28:02
Here we have the bios of the contributors for issue 13 of Prole. If you'd like to share your thoughts with us or the writers, please post here.

Cover art, Cyril Hobbins.

Sue Pace has over 120 short stories, personal essays, poems and non-fiction articles published in regional and international formats. This includes not only literary journals in the USA, but also journals in Australia, the UK and Canada.
Her poems may be found in several Open To Interpretation coffee table books. Her plays have been produced in Seattle, Portland and at the West Coast Ensemble in Hollywood, CA. She was a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Seattle University and recently received an Honourable Mention in NIMROD'S Katherine Anne Porter competition. Most recently, her work may be found in CALYX, SKIVE, PROLE and EP;PHANY, and she has work forthcoming in NIMROD.
Sue has been a presenter at several writer's conferences and workshops in the United states and is excited to be making a trip to the UK this coming fall.

Rachael Smart is a social worker from Nottingham with a thing about words. Her work has appeared in LITRO and is upcoming in Cease, Cows. She is hopelessly addicted to the writer’s website ABCTales.com.

Helen Gundry Fletcher is now at home full time with three young children, a new puppy and plenty coursework for her latest incarnation as a student (again). She seems to consume more quantities of tea and biscuits whilst mulling over the computer screen than she ever did in the staffroom where she worked as a primary school teacher.

Dave Barrett opened the very first issue of Prole with his great short, Shoes. He has two literary agents considering the INLAND EMPIRES collection at this time and is teaching full-time at the University of Montana.

J Adamthwaite is an English Language graduate and lives in East London where she works as a teaching assistant. She has had short fiction published by Cinnamon Press, Dead Ink Books and Stand Magazine, amongst others. She is currently working on a novel.

Sleiman El Hajj studied Biology and English literature at the American University of Beirut. He worked as a freelance writer in Beirut, Lebanon, for four years and moved to the UK in 2013. He currently lives in Cheltenham where he is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing.

Sadie Miller has had work previously published by Aurum Press, Gothic City Press and Oddville Press, with forthcoming work appearing in the Static Movement Shape Shifters Anthology, as well as two Snowbooks Anthologies, for whom she is also writing a Sci Fi novel. She has had poetry published by the Red Booth Review, Clockwise Cat and The Commonline Journal, with an audio play in development with Audio Scribble for a Christmas 2014 release. Her most recent novella will be available to download through Excessica books at the end of April. For more Sadie Miller news, please visit sadiemiller.co.uk

Charles Wilkinson’s publications include The Pain Tree and Other Stories (London Magazine Editions, 2000). His stories have appeared in Best Short Stories 1990 (Heinemann), Best English Short Stories 2 (Norton), Midwinter Mysteries (Little, Brown), Unthology (Unthank Books), London Magazine and in genre magazines/ anthologies such as Supernatural Tales, Horror Without Victims (Megazanthus Press), The Sea in Birmingham (TSFG) Sacrum Regnum, Rustblind and Silverbright ( Eibonvale Press) and Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction.

Angela Readman's poetry has won the Mslexia Poetry Competition and The Essex Poetry Prize. She is a twice short listed winner of the Costa Short Story Award, her short story collection Don't Try This at Home will be published by & Other Stories.

Kevin Hanson was born in North Yorkshire and grew up in the south of England. After living and working in London for thirty years he moved to Sheffield in 2003. He has had poems published in various other magazines, including The Dark Horse, The Interpreter's House and Pennine Platform.

Maria Isakova Bennett mostly lives and writes in Liverpool. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster University and has had fiction published by D.C Thompson; reviews published in Orbis, and FAD; and poems published in Abridged, Antiphon, Envoi, Ink Sweat & Tears, Orbis, Poetry Bus, ProleIssue 12, Shot Glass, The Fib Review, The Linnet’s Wings, The New Writer, The Pickled Body, and forthcoming in Obsessed with Pipework. Maria teaches art part-time, and is currently working on a collection of poetry and linked short-stories

Kate Garrett was born in southern Ohio, but moved to the UK in 1999. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Ariadne's Thread, Cactus Heart, Word Bohemia, and the YA fiction anthology Heathers (Pankhearst), and is forthcoming in The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood (February 2014). She lives in Sheffield with her three sons, some cats, and a meditation cushion.

Roy Marshall wrote poems and stories as a child. He stopped for a while (thirty years) and then remembered how much he had enjoyed writing so he wrote some more. His pamphlet Gopagilla was published in 2012 and was followed by a full collection of poems The Sun Bathers in 2013.
Roy Blogs at roymarshall.wordpress.com.

Martin Bennett lives in Rome where he teaches and proofreads at the University of tor Vergata while contributing occasional articles to 'Wanted in Rome'. He was 2013 winner of the John Clare Prize.

Denni Turp has been reading and writing poetry for more years than she’d care to admit to, mostly in English, and last year was winner of the first Gwanwyn Festival New Writing Competition for writers in Wales. She is a member of Lapidus and of the Second Light Network of Women Poets as well as of two local writing groups where she lives in north Wales. Denni currently works as North Wales Field Officer for Disability Arts Cymru.

Sue Millard lives in Cumbria. Her website, http://www.jackdawebooks.co.uk/ showcases her published output of novels and non-fiction which tend to feature horses, carriage-driving, romance, rural life, history and artistic but inept dragons. Her poems have been published by, e.g., The Interpreter´s House, Pennine Platform, Pirene´s Fountain, Butcher´s Dog, Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, and Prole. Her recent collection, Ash Tree, is published by Prolebooks, http://www.prolebooks.co.uk

Howard Wright lectures at the University of Ulster in Belfast. Recent poems have appeared in Vallum, The Malahat Review and Poetry Review. His (small) collection, Blue Murder was published by Templar Press in 2011 (Iota Shots series), while Blackstaff Press (Belfast) published a full collection, King of Country in 2010.

Michael Farry is a native of Co. Sligo living in Trim, Co Meath. He was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2011. In 2009 he was awarded third prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Competition, was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Competition (UK) and longlisted for the Plough Poetry Prize (UK). His first poetry collection, Asking for Directions, was published by Doghouse Books in 2012. He won the Síarscéal Poetry Competition (Roscommon) and the Fermoy Poetry Competition in 2013. He is also a historian and Four Courts Press published his book Sligo, The Irish Revolution 1912-1923 also in 2012.

Claire Booker’s poetry has appeared in a number of journals, most recently in Magma, New Welsh Review and The Rialto. She is currently working on her first collection. Claire is also an award-winning playwright whose stage plays have been produced in Australia, Europe, America and the UK. She blogs at www.bookerplays.wordpress.com

Jennifer A. McGowan obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she has persevered and published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. She will be performing at the Ledbury Festival in 2014; she has been Highly Commended in the prestigious Torbay Poetry Competition. Life in Captivity, her chapbook, is available from Finishing Line Press, and a second one, Sounding, will be out later this year. Her website, with more poetry and examples of her mediaeval calligraphy, can be found at http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com

Robert Nisbet was for several years an associate lecturer in creative writing at Trinity College, Carmarthen, where he also worked for a while as an adjunct professor for the Central College of Iowa. His short stories appear in Downtrain (Parthian, 2004) and his poems in Merlin’s Lane (Prolebooks, 2011).

Catherine Higgins-Moore is a Northern Irish writer. She has an English Literature and Drama degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. Her poetry was published in 2012 in Embers of Words An Irish Anthology of Migrant Poetry and her latest work appears alongside writers Maya Angelou, Seamus Heaney, John Betjeman and Bob Dylan in Heart Shoots, Indigo Publishing an anthology where all proceeds go towards Cancer research.

J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in North America.

Lisa Kelly is a half English and half Danish writer, who recently had her poetry pamphlet, Bloodhound, published by Hearing Eye. She is a regular host of poetry evenings at the Torriano Meeting House in London, where she has set up a peer-run poetry group.
Her poems have appeared in South, South Bank Poetry, The Morning Star, Orbis, Brittle Star and forthcoming in Ambit. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and was published in Poetic Republic’s eBook of winners, 2012. In a past life for her sins she was a Consumer Champion.

Sarah J Bryson writes small poems and short stories which reflect on life and death. She takes photos nearly every day and works as a hospice nurse, part-time. She took the Diploma in Creative Writing, in Oxford, graduating in 2007 and hopes one day to save up enough for the degree course. Her poems have won a couple of prizes and she has been published in various small press publications. She has read at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Woodstock Poetry Festival and at the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Bethany W Pope's first poetry collection, A Radiance was published by Cultured Llama Press last June. Her second collection, Crown of Thorns, was published by Oneiros Books this August. Her first American chapbook The Gospel of Flies has been accepted by Writing Knights Press and will be released in February 2014. Her work has appeared in: Anon, Art Times, Ampersand, Blue Tattoo, The Galway Review, The Prague Review, Sentinel Quarterly, The Delinquent, De/Tached (an anthology released by Parthian), The Writer’s Hub, The Blue Max Review(Anthology), The Pop Up Poetry Anthology, New Welsh Review, Envoi, Poetry Review Salzburg, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Every Day Poems, The Brooklyn Voice, Miracle E-zine, And Other Poems, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Magma, The Prague Review, Words & Music, The Coffin Factory, The Quarterly Conversation, Tears in the Fence, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Tribe, Kumquat, The Open Mouse, Bone Orchard, Poetry Pacific, Big River Poetry Review, Planet, Turbulence, Sentinel Literary Quarterly.

Born in 1963 in West Hartlepool, Martin Malone now lives in Warwickshire. A winner of the 2011 Straid Poetry Award and the 2012 Mirehouse Prize, his first full collection – The Waiting Hillside – is published by Templar Poetry. Currently studying for a Ph.D in poetry at Sheffield University, he edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal.

D A Prince lives in Leicestershire and London. HappenStance Press will publish her second full-length collection, Common Ground, this summer.

Sara Clark is a Yorkshire-born poet living in The Scottish Borders. She runs poetry slams in Hawick and has most recently been published in New Welsh Review, The New Writer, the New Voices Press Anthology and various other poetry journals.

Neil Elder lives and works in N.W London. His work has appeared in Acumen, Envoi, Cake and Prole magazines. He is a member of Herga Poets in Harrow.

David J. Costello lives in Wallasey, Merseyside. He hosts local poetry venue The Bards (of New Brighton) and is a member of both Chester Poets and North West Poets. David has been widely published, most recently in The Penny Dreadful (Rep. of Ireland), Envoi, Magma and Ariadne's Thread. His first collection, Human Engineering was published by Thynks Publishing Ltd in October 2013. David won the 2011 Welsh Poetry Competition.

Sharon Black is originally from Glasgow but now lives in the Cévennes mountains of southern France. In her past life she was a journalist and taught English in France and Japan. In her current one she runs a holiday venue and organizes writing retreats. Her poetry has been published widely. She won Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry Competition 2013. Her collection, To Know Bedrock, is published by Pindrop Press. www.sharonblack.co.uk

Claire Dyer’s first full collection, Eleven Rooms, is published by Two Rivers Press. Her novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair, together with her short story, Falling for Gatsby, are published by Quercus. Claire is undertaking an MA in Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London. She lives just outside Reading and her website is: www.clairedyer.com

Paul Surman is a member of Back Room Poets in Oxford. His work has appeared in numerous magazines including Acumen, Magma, Orbis, Other Poetry, and Smiths Knoll.

Kate Noakes is a member of the Welsh Academi. Her second collection is The Wall Menders (Two Rivers Press). Her work has been widely published in the UK and she has been invited to perform at venues as diverse as The Poetry Society, The Troubadour, Henley Literary Festival and Glastonbury Festival. She lives in Caversham, Berkshire and has taught poetry for Oxford University. She blogs at www.boomslangpoetry.blogspot.com

Lesley Quayle is a poet and folk/blues singer, currently living in rural Dorset, after 30 years being a vet’s wife, mother to four children and sheep farmer in Yorkshire. She has one pamphlet, Songs For Lesser Gods – erbacce press, featuring her award winning title sequence of sonnets about the foot and mouth outbreak, and a collection published last year, Sessions – Indigo Dreams. She is currently finishing her first novel. She plays the bodhran and spoons with enthusiasm, the guitar badly and is driving everyone round the bend trying to learn to play the bones.

Wendy Pratt was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1978. She now lives just outside Filey. She studied Biomedical Science at Hull University and worked as a Microbiologist at the local NHS hospital for some years. She is also about to complete a BA in English Literature with the Open University and is hoping to study towards her MA in creative writing next year.
She started trying to fashion a career out of her writing in 2008 and has since enjoyed publication of her poetry in many journals and magazines including: Interpreter’s House, Pennine Platform, Prole, Envoi, Other Poetry, Acumen, The Frogmore Papers and The English Chicago Review.
Wendy’s first poetry pamphlet, Nan Hardwicke Turns into a Hare was published by Prolebooks in 2011 and was well received, being reviewed favourably in the TLS. The collection centred on the loss of Wendy and her husband’s baby daughter, who died during an emergency C-section in April 2010.
Her first full size collection, Museum Pieces is also published by Prolebooks. It went to print in December 2013 and was officially launched in January 2014. The collection is being well received and already has several positive reviews. The concept of the collection is that of a museum where memories, events, objects, thoughts are touchstones for something deeper; the poems artefacts to be observed.

Sarah Doyle’s poetry has appeared in such publications as The Poetry Society’s Poetry News; Orbis; and The Dawntreader, as well as various anthologies, most recently Midnight Skies: Exmoor in Verse (Charmed Hole Publications). Recent competitions include The Poetry Kit 2013 (highly commended), Poetry on the Lake (highly commended 2013; runner-up, Formal category, 2012); Perform Poetry’s Revisited Poetry Competition 2013 (joint runner-up); and Save As Writers’ Shakespeare-themed competition 2013 (runner-up, Prose). Sarah reads regularly at poetry events in and around London, and co-hosts Rhyme and Rhyme Jazz-Poetry Club at Enfield’s Dugdale Theatre. Sarah is Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society. For further information please see www. sarahdoyle.co.uk



L.G. Price served in the Merchant Navy during World War II where he achieved the rank of chief navigator. He died in 2000 and his ashes, along with his wife’s, will soon be returning to the Atlantic Ocean.

Michael Crowley is a playwright and poet. Publications include The Man They Couldn’t Hang (Drama 2010 Waterside) Behind The Lines (Non Fiction 2012 Waterside Press) Close To Home (Poetry 2012 Prolebooks) “This pamphlet is an invitation to experience life elsewhere, in another skin,” Sarah Hymas. His most recent play The Cell (2012) was produced at Manchester’s 24/7 Theatre Festival and then Bolton Octagon Studio, Unity Theatre Liverpool and at You Are Here Festival in Canberra, Australia. He is currently commissioned to adapt John Schad’s documentary novel The Late Walter Benjamin for stage beginning with a script in hand at Watford Palace Theatre in July 2012. He has also written drama for BBC Radio and written widely for youth theatre. Between 2007 and 2013 he was writer in residence at HM YOI Lancaster Farms and was shortlisted for the Butler Award for contributions to criminal justice. He is an associate tutor in poetry at Edge Hill University and writing a series of ‘male portraits’, of which Liam is one.


Sarah Grace Logan commands an armada of literary pirates that has ridden the third wave of feminism and is becalmed on a reef of prose poetry and intersectionality. She will heave off soon in search of rougher waters, because she is a wordshark, and to stop moving forwards would be death.
https://sarahgracelogan.wordpress.com/











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Posted by Rachael Smart Sat, May 10, 2014 08:10:46

It's so rewarding to have feedback for my flash fiction, thank you to those that have commented below. This issue was fantastic and read with greed. In terms of prose, Charle's Wilkinson's haunting 'Returning' gave me heartache and Ceri Lowe-Petraske's symbolic 'Scotch and Sundays' was both evocative and moving. For poetry, I loved the visceral imagery in Wendy Pratt's 'Biology Test' and its personification. Claire Dyer's 'What's Left Is This' was breathtakingly surreal; a neat deconstruction and witty with it. All of the work was top quality, this issue was a real treat.

Posted by Ben C Clark Thu, May 08, 2014 21:37:06

Highlights for me: The image rich Sweet Tea and Tobacco Rose, Rachael Smart. Angela Readman’s Bill Hickock, this felt like I’d just stepped into another life. Merlot, Sharon Black, prompted me to stop drinking from the neck of the bottle and buy a wine glass. Climbing Down, Remaining the Same, Wendy Pratt – a poem that reaches beyond words on a page. Along with my personal favourites, there wasn’t a single poem or story that I wanted to read too fast or skip. Nice one Prole.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Wed, May 07, 2014 14:26:28

Claire and Denni, thanks for mentioning my poem, The Forty-ninth Iron Man in your feedback: very heartening. I just wanted to add how much I've enjoyed reading the prose in Prole 13. I loved the poetic quality of Rachel Smart's Sweet tea and Tobacco Rose, the absorbing quality of Sue Pace's Passing the Torch, and the arresting Giulietta by Sadie Miller, and Returning by Charles Wilkinson's. I mention these pieces but there is something to say about all the work and I love the variety.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Wed, May 07, 2014 14:26:15

Claire and Denni, thanks for mentioning my poem, The Forty-ninth Iron Man in your feedback: very heartening. I just wanted to add how much I've enjoyed reading the prose in Prole 13. I loved the poetic quality of Rachel Smart's Sweet tea and Tobacco Rose, the absorbing quality of Sue Pace's Passing the Torch, and the arresting Giulietta by Sadie Miller, and Returning by Charles Wilkinson's. I mention these pieces but there is something to say about all the work and I love the variety.

Posted by Claire Booker Wed, April 30, 2014 20:14:33

A really enjoyable issue. some really powerful poetry. Stand-outs for me include Sarah Doyle's glittering response to 'My Last Duchess'; the magical '49th Iron Man'; Deni Turp's deceptively simple poem on Gagarin and the brilliant Biology Lesson. Plus not to forget the moving and tightly written short story, Sweet Tea and Tobacco Rose by Rachel Smart. But so much more to praise if I had time enough and room!

Posted by Denni Turp Fri, April 25, 2014 16:29:22

I've so enjoyed reading my copy of Prole 13--twice now!--and both the poetry and the prose. As someone who has worked regularly with young people across the autistic spectrum, I very much enjoyed Sue Pace's story. The ending of Dave Barrett's Communists is wonderful, and I wanted more of Sadie Miller's Guilietta--maybe a full-length novel here? Angela Readman--as ever--a super poem, and I loved the idea in Maria Isakova Bennett's The Forty-Ninth Iron Man. Sue Millard's Jehovah's Witness--so clever! I can't go on to comment on everything, but so much good and interesting writing, and such a diversity of voices. Well done, Brett and Phil. I'm looking forward to my next subscription copy!

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Tue, April 22, 2014 17:49:04

The Raft by L.G. Price: I found this very moving for itself but maybe also because it links to a story retold in my own family of my uncle, my father's only brother, who was 'lost at sea' age 18, long before my own birth. Frank was born close to the time of L.G Price's birth too (1924).
The relevance of the narrative of the poem for many, but with the additional qualities of rhyme, rhythm, and the way the poem draws the reader into the experience, is poignant.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Tue, April 22, 2014 17:42:56

Biology Test by Wendy Pratt: so affecting and arresting - the poem has stayed with me since first reading, and I see the cherry pips, and the smile still. I was interested in the use of the word brail, the way the sound could be mistaken for braille, the way the two words could work and was fascinated by the choice of 'brail'.

Posted by Phil Sun, April 20, 2014 21:04:11

Thank you, Maria.

It makes us happy you're enjoying the read. Happier still, you recognise we try to give each piece space to breathe.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 20:30:21

My last comment for tonight: I just want to say how great it is to own Prole in print form as well as the pdf. Both have their merits but to-ing, and fro-ing through the journal is great, and it was sent out so promptly. Thanks. I love the black and white cover, and uncluttered layout … nothing to distract from the work.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 20:26:07

I agree with Robert Nisbet about how good the poem Stone-whisperers is (by Claire Booker). I love the premise and the language. I especially love the use of, 'rived out'; 'swindle'; winched';'cretaceous'; and 'filched'.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 20:20:06

The Black Stuff by Roy Marshall. Excellent. Great voice, like a whisper at first. It really draws you in so that as a reader you are absorbed. Each part - the various images and references, t prayer for instance, work very well in themselves, as well as as a whole. I love the way a strength seems to build toward the end. Although very different, I liked the contrast of this with Sharon Black's Merlot, another excellent poem. Thanks for these.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 20:12:42

Sisterhood by Kate Garrett. I loved this. I thought it summed up the relationship perfectly and although i didn't have an experience like this with a sister myself, I had a girlfriend who was 4 years older than me when I was eleven and and the relevance of your poem brought back the memory. I loved the way you captured the scariness of the glimpse of 'the other world', and melded it with the excitement of greek myths. The image of the copper hair at the end is perfect. Thanks - a great read.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 20:06:41

Stardust by Kevin Hanson. Excellent. I really enjoyed this. it's so succinct and in its brevity remains like a ghost image in the mind of the reader. Great sound.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 19:55:10

Poetry: Angela Readman (The day I Let Bill Hickok… )
I really enjoyed this, especially for the narrative and the excellent imagery metaphors and similes at the end. I just wondered about two things: should ‘for’ be ‘of’ in line 10?
I found lines 2 and 3 a little confusing as it reads as though there are three people, (Bill Hickok, you and me). I wonder if replacing ‘Bill Hickok’ with ‘you’ in line 2 might clarify? Just a thought – great work.

Posted by Maria Isakova Bennett Sun, April 20, 2014 19:50:21

Enjoying Prole 13 enormously. Thanks to writers and publishers. I will post my thoughts on some of the work this evening.

Posted by Phil Sun, April 20, 2014 19:16:42

Thank you for your comments. Good to know Prole is being enjoyed.

Posted by Sarah J B Sun, April 20, 2014 15:23:16

I'm really enjoying the read. Will come back when I've finished it :)

Posted by Robert Nisbet Fri, April 18, 2014 20:06:58

It's always a pleaure to get new poems by DA Prince, who writes so well of 21st century urban Britain. 'Albion Road' was a typical rendering of a subject and an idea which have always been there but seemingly unnoticed by the rest of us.

Posted by Robert Nisbet Fri, April 18, 2014 20:03:06

I was the author of the comment on Michael Crowley's poem, but managed to insert his name rather than my own in the "Author" box. It wasn't Michael writing in to praise himself!.

Posted by Robert Nisbet Fri, April 18, 2014 19:59:39

Claire Booker: 'Stone-whisperers'

I'm normally averse to poems based on off-beat headlines but this one really affected me - such a lovely idea, such a fine image of those pavements stacked with so many years of lives and their history.

Posted by Michael Crowley Fri, April 18, 2014 19:55:21

'Liam'

This really is a worthy competition winner. I so much like the fact that we get a plain colloquial idiom for so much of the way, but yet it's cut into by those vivid images of face and voice in stanza 2.