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8 Mar 14

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Seren Books
Poetry Ireland Review
Poetry London
Poetry Review
Smiths Knoll
Templar Poetry
The Rialto


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pamphlet collections –
“One of the Summer People”
Wordsworth Trust;
“Pillars of Salt”
Templar Poetry;
in anthologies –
“The Best British Poetry 2011”
“Identity Parade”




King Tak Hong Porcelain, Queens Road East, Wanchai

I wanted the pottery pumpkin, ten-lobed
                in yellow, red and green.
I wanted to sit at home on the barrel stool
                with its wraparound blue mountains
I would have wanted the dragon cake-stand
                if it hadn’t had a gold edge.
I needed dishes for earrings and soy-sauce
                half a dozen lids to hold my tea’s heat.
I wanted the soap-green plastic coat-hangers
                with the swivel hook, plus pencil pots
brushed with wrist-flicky crustaceans, waving
                their one-stroke feelers under glaze.
I wanted fifteen years of my life back,
                to start here again, bone-china skinned
and mouthy, a pale flag of sweat drawing down
                the neon blaze of the Cup Noodle Building
onto my skinny chest. I wanted the slowed replay,
                to share it with you once over.
My wish list: our first date in the hardware shop.
                (I’ve kept both of the green mugs
now full of sensitive toothbrushes and floss);
                some other things I’ve thought better of since;
most of all that night-long bare-faced seduction
                under the cool eyes of your tropical fish.

Judy Brown

1st Prize, Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2013