poetry pf header
Arts Orgs image map
Second Light Network Enfield Poets Shortlands Poetry Circle Cornwall Poets Canada & US Tour

poetry pRO Broadcasting May/Jun 14 & publications update to May 2014 …
poetry tREnD30May14: launch of Poets in Person…

Poets: browse the list

      

buy Poem Cards for Anytime – poetry p f SHOP ONLINE (and type ‘Card’ into the filter box)
EVENTS LISTING – readings, courses & venues
COMPS & CALLS – 30 / 31 Jan: Torriano / Teignmouth, Kent & Sussex
 

Site Patron: Andrew Motion

 

14th October: The Book of Love and Loss, eds R V Bailey & June Hall is out…! (link to follow)
196 poets including laureates and the best-known/best-loved names in poetry today. Hardback. Not just a fine collection
but also to be the best-selling source book for funerals, memorials and other special occasions. 387 poems, of which 114
are by 48 poetry p f members… 50p from every copy sold goes to Parkinson’s Reasearch.

 
 

donations will be very gratefully received.

latest on site:

Jemma Borg

Margaret Beston

latest new pages:

Ken Champion

Lynn Roberts

Patrick Early

Patricia Wooldridge

Sarah Doyle (biog)

Daniel Thomas Moran

Maggie Sawkins

D A Prince

Dennis Tomlinson
 

Comps & Calls

30Jan: Torriano;
31Jan: Teignmouth,
Kent & Sussex

Poem Cards, books:

ppf shop online

latest cards:

Anne Stewart (Birthday)

Katherine Gallagher (Anytime)

shop window:

browse

Comp results:

Second Light 2014

Frogmore 2014

poetry p f featured poet:    Patricia Bishop

Patricia Bishop photo

Woman Washing

At the side
of the porcelain sink
is a cracked jug.
 
Her thumb splays
across its surface
as she lifts it, bends forward
 
and thrusts the warm water
over her hair, rubs in the shampoo.
Violets this week.
 
Makes a great froth
on the top of her head
as she knuckles the lather.
 
then three lifted jugs
till all turns smooth and black.
Straightens, half naked.
 
I could swing from the strong balance
of her arms as she rubs and turbans
the towel about her.
 
Now fresh water
and face to waist
lathered and washed.
 
I think she must be beautiful.
Finger my own white dress
with the rabbits.
 
Rub a tuck of its cotton
against the smooth silk of her blouse,
gently touch the lines of stitches,
 
till she suddenly turns and I step back.
‘Leave it alone.’ she says
but not shouting.
 

Patricia Bishop

published in Smiths Knoll;
in anthology, Parents, Enitharmon in association with Second Light