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20 Dec 13

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poetry favourites:
Waterloo Press

 

and in the shop…
collections –
“The Lost Boys”,
Waterloo Press;
“Many Waters”
and
“Olga’s Dreams”,
Fal;
joint pamphlet –
“October Guests”,
Fal;
as co-ed –
“Prompted to Write”,
Jessica Kingsley;
children’s book –
“The Gift”,
fal in assoc. with Truro Cathedral  

 

 

 

Coat Hangers

     Moscow 1992
 
Through the grimy gauze of November snow,
I make the mistake of catching her eye.
Devushka, pozhaluysta, lady, please, she thrusts
her hands in front of me, in one a tiny icon,
Our Lady of Kazan gleams in gold and green,
from the other she dangles two wire coat hangers.
 
A hundred babushki line Lubyanka, hunched
like hens. They’re flogging a tin of peas, a shawl,
tools gone to rust. Rheumy eyes accuse me as I pass.
Devushka, pozhaluysta, please. Thirty roubles,
too much, but a bargain, to pay off my guilt
at the poor. I press it into the wet wool of her glove.
 
Of course, I don’t need the hangers but she insists,
telling me she’s wearing her last dress and coat,
unlike me, she implies, with a future and dreams.
She drapes them over my wrist and asks me to pray.
I’d bought both the miracle-working Mother of God,
and the abortionist’s twists, her bath tubs of blood.
 

Victoria Field

Highly commended in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2013