‘The Talking Cure’ and other poems by Angela Carr

The Tiger's Tail   City, a howl of chemical laughter; menace fingers the air, seeking purchase in the drunken smoulder of narrow streets. Young girls toss ironed curtains of ebony hair — shared tribal head-dress. Tiger sucklings, knock-kneed, moon-eyed calves, they perch on the heights of borrowed triumph: Prada, Miu Miu, Louboutin. Fierce children, almost [...]

‘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 [...]

‘Red Hen’ and other poems by Shirley McClure

Maternity   I want to have poems by Caesarean section wearing my Infallible lip gloss   and counting on my designer obstetrician. I will keep my bump discreet,   drink litres of San Pellegrino, strive to avoid striae gravidarum, laser them later if it comes to it.   I want to live a normal life [...]

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 [...]