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Resolutions for 2017 – a poem

Resolutions for 2017 – a poem

A Never-To-Do List

 

by Sarah Salway

 

This year, I’ll have my accounts ready
by the end of April, lose two stone;
not only will I run a half marathon
I’ll collect all my sponsorship money.
I won’t purchase new clothes
but adapt existing ones
to fit new trends, clean my oven,
my fridge will be sparkling too,
full of natural yoghurt, salads, tofu
and champagne I’ll keep for something special
not just open because there’s nothing else left.
The Gilmore Girls won’t be on permanent repeat –
in fact, I’ll watch only documentaries
and every time I click on Daily Mail Online
I’ll send a cheque to the charity
they hate the most. I’ll open my doors
to neighbours, smile at children,
meditate, be the person I always knew
I could be, not the one my mother feared,
I’ll buy no more books until I’ve read….
Wait. What?
I’ll go on orgies of book buying,
enter bookshops with my wallet wide open
and, even if I die pinned under toppling shelves,
let me always be reaching out
for just one more, last, story.

Try your hand at a herb haiku, a basil ballad and some parsley poetry…

Try your hand at a herb haiku, a basil ballad and some parsley poetry…

Come and indulge your senses with a Herbal Infused Poetry Workshop at the beautiful Physic Garden at Westgate Gardens, Canterbury

Saturday 24th September – 11-1pm

Costs £4 (including tea and cake)

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How could such sweet and wholesome hours be reckoned, but in herbs and flowers?

Andrew Marvell

I’m running a workshop in Canterbury designed around herbs – their history, their myths and all the remedies – sensible and gloriously silly – associated with them. Enjoy a morning writing and reading poetry with me, inspired by the Physic Garden. We’ll look at myths, make up new remedies, explore the senses and have fun through a series of practical exercises – all you will need to bring is a pen and paper. This workshop is suitable for all levels of writers, and is a chance to play on the page in the beautiful surroundings of Canterbury’s historic Westgate Gardens.

Because numbers are limited, booking is strongly advised, please visit http://www.westgateparks.co.uk/events/ or telephone the Canterbury Ticket shop on: 01227 787787. There may be some spaces available on the day.

Contact Sarah Salway, sarahsalway@gmail, for more information.

This event is funded through Canterbury City Council’s Westgate Parks ‘Parks for People’ HLF Project

To book your place , click here 

Love and Stationery

Love and Stationery

Someone asked for this poem last night, and so I thought I’d share here too… it feels like a time for the comfort of new journals, and not just for women. It’s from my poetry collection, You Do Not Need Another Self-Help Book.

Love and Stationery
Sarah Salway

Tonight, women dream of stationery;
well thumbed catalogues hidden
in bedside tables, falling open
at filing solutions. Some promise
this will be the last time, one final look
at industrial size staplers, hole punches.
Others take it further. Post-it notes
edge their desire as they chase private
rainbows husbands don’t understand.
At lunchtime, propelled out by a need
for highlighters, their fingers brush
sellotape dispensers as they imagine
being held by paperclips,
protected by bubblewrap,
wiped clean with Typex.
In quiet moments,
they will pull out new journals,
those blank, lined, empty pages waiting
to be filled; who knows what magic
will result from an organized life?
At bad times, when the ink runs dry,
you will find a woman standing in front
of an open stationery cupboard, the flutter
of her heart stilled by the solid weight
of correspondence quality paper.

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?”

Quite a lot, actually, if this little anthology of poems inspired by the 150th birthday of Alice in Wonderland, and linked to the exhibition at the British Library in London, is anything to go by.

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Ekphrasis is the inspiration of three inspirational women and poets – Catherine Smith, Abegail Morley and Emer Gillespie. They asked 32 different poets (including me, hurrah!) to contribute a poem inspired by the book. And, I’ve just realised this, of course it is a conversation – a conversation we are all having with Alice and the many situations she finds herself in, a conversation with how the child-us read it and how we interpret it now, and then in a book, a conversation with all the different poems. We have Alice in India…

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An insomniac goldfish…

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Alice through the mirror…

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And that’s just three! The poets are Mona Arshi, Clare Best, Sharon Black, Catherine M Brennan, Graham Burchell, Ian Duhig, Sasha Dugdale, Miriam Gamble, Vanessa Gebbie, Emer Gillespie, Paul Griffiths, Helen Ivory, Anna Kisby, Chris McCabe, John McCullough, Medbh McGuckian, Andrew McMillan, Hollie McNish, Agnes Marton, Abegail Morley, Helen Mort, Grace Nichols, E.E. Nobbs, Richard O’Brien, Robert Peake, Rachel Playforth, Clare Pollard, Amali Rodrigo, Sarah Salway, Robert Seatter, Penelope Shuttle, Catherine Smith, Janet Sutherland, Heidi Williamson, Luke Wright, Tamar Yoseloff.

If you want a copy, and please do – I can’t stop reading it myself – it costs £9.99 + £1 postage via paypal to: abegailmorley@hotmail.co.uk, or email details to her if you’d like to pay by cheque. Please remember to include your address!