“Harbour’s Mouth” and other poems by Annette Skade

Threnody I know why the sea churns. A woman gets the news, drops to the chair, floor - further, the quick in her bleeds out. She is liquid now, leaching away, this hour, this day, day-on-day. At the back of her eyes a face ebbs and flows: his lop-sided smile makes room for her touch, [...]

A Celebration of Poetry for International Women’s Day 2020

A Celebration of Poetry for International Women’s Day 2020

Papyrus Fragment It darts, bares a blaze of underwing to plain sight; this endless fragile need to make a mark, to come to light Papyrus Fragment is © Annette Skade   'Secrets of a cartographer’s wife' by Katrina Dybzynska The cartographer’s wife never told him about her contributions to his maps. A few tiny islands [...]

‘Knitting a Father from Nettles’ and other poems by Annette Skade

Medici Girl   Beauty adorns virtue, my Father says. To save the family, and me, from the shame of my disfigurement, he orders a corridor to stretch from here to Santa Annunziata. I beg forgiveness from the Holy Mother at a hidden chink beside the altar. Her perfect face is turned from me, I am [...]

Notes on the half-hidden: “Thimblerig” by Annette Skade

Thimblerig by Annette Skade Bradshaw Books 2013 63 pages Notes on the half-hidden Annette Skade’s debut collection Thimblerig was published by Bradshaw Books in 2013. Thimblerig is a collection of some 53 poems on themes of family, familial history, and on the poetic striving for voice. Skade’s sub-thematic flow, her buried themes, are brought out [...]