Verging the Sea

Verging the sea,her arms lift toremove cobwebs.Rocks lacerate herfeet, she is instantlyunconscious ofher own starvation. The week, achingher neck, slowlybackstrokes awaypulling the din ofphones, emails and alitany of mucky kitchensinto a sandy obscurity. Salty seaweed salivakisses her wounds andplaits her hair intothe rock pools, awayfrom her weekday,to be embraced bythe unbridled ocean. My blog reached … Continue reading Verging the Sea

The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME Mental Health in the UK – BOOK REVIEW

★★★★★ It is not often you discover a book which has the power to halt you in your tracks, that makes you digest it as slowly and intensely as possible and invites you to furiously underline sentences and passages on every page. The Colour of Madness, edited by Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott, is … Continue reading The Colour of Madness: Exploring BAME Mental Health in the UK – BOOK REVIEW

Moonshot

Moonshot Sally Dead pretty Madwoman Introduce your guide For the perplexed Broken Man Architect the demise of This Longer Body From the Bonus of Laughter Enjoy your cackling Amongst the attic of Unremarkable Stars Moonshot Sally Some Lady Displaced I created this poem from an exercise I did at a creative writing workshop I recently … Continue reading Moonshot

Bass Guitar

You beat, after the drums You strum, low and monotonous Like factory smoke spluttering You are background Hurtled into musical oblivion When a guitar begins Twangy and static and Unmoving and angry Like metal scaffolding The building site underneath The roaring arena Until you are isolated Then the melody emerges Which you were playing All … Continue reading Bass Guitar

Sister

Little sister/daughter/girlblack ringlets frame your faceand gap-toothed smile.Bundled up in pink/purple puffy coatslike melted marshmallowswe explore our garden/jungle/forestmittened hands clasped.Little ladybirdscurrying behind the treesyou gleefully begin our game ofpretendingto be spies/heroes/mermaidsbefore retiring for the dayinto our lilac sanctuary/roomgiggling into the night scribing bunk-bed messagesfor the future. Sister/daughter/womanblack ringlets frame your faceand pierced nose.Cross-legged and poised … Continue reading Sister

Girl, Woman, Other – BOOK REVIEW

★★★★★ Welcome to Britain and twelve very different people – mostly women, mostly black – who call it home. Teeming with life and crackling energy, ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ follows them across the miles and down the years. With vivid originality, irrepressible wit and sly wisdom, Bernardine Evaristo presents a gloriously new kind of history for … Continue reading Girl, Woman, Other – BOOK REVIEW