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Month: November 2020

AGAR

This poem takes me back to Winter Sunday evenings in my mid-teens. My mother seemed to have a love affair with health food and natural ingredients and used seaweed based agar agar as a setting agent. I was the eldest of three, my brother 7 years my junior and our sister 7 years his junior.

Your infused chocolate
mousse was a Sunday staple,
I can taste it still.
A slightly grainy texture,
chocolatey, not in a traditional way,
slightly soapy,
matt with no
sheen at all.
You could hold it on the tongue
and it would slowly dissolve,
little bubbles of nothingness.
You paired it with apple crumble,
pineapple rings or tinned peaches.
Carnation if we were lucky,
a perfect end to a Sunday tea.

In the half-light of Winter,
within the cramped kitchen,
where burning anthracite and
steeping nappies fill my nostrils
and the Maiden hangs
overhead, draping
mothers’ pinnies,
fathers’ string vests
and Beethoven
soothes my baby
sisters’ cries

This was one of the poems I read tonight at a celebration open mic evening for the publication of SHE, a collection of poems by the very talented Sharena Lee Satti

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Adverbially Challenged 5

Adverbially Challenged Volume 5 is scheduled to be released on Saturday 21st November and will contain my flash fiction piece ‘Night Vision’ Kindle versions are available for pre-order now on Amazon and paperback copies will be on sale from the 20th November, again on Amazon. For every copy sold £1 will be donated to the Charity ‘First Story’ which supports and encourages the development of creative writing by young people in schools.

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AVAC2C Update

I have just finished writing the first draft of A Very Alternative Coast to Coast. I am going to have a break from it for a few weeks and pick up the task of self-editing and rewriting in January. I would hope to be working with my publisher on it by April next year.

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