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Sue Burge


women in abundance humming at their doors
a sweet stitchwort hurdles the breezes
celandines violets and pansies lie upon one another
the hour before dinner the thrush sings by fits
blossom is so full-fledged our bower wild and greenish
the sparrows sit quietly by the chimney-piece
I am cleaning the well with the threatening brightness of birch
ravens inquire about the wild spots among the hawthorn
digging in the opposite woods I observe nine o’clock cackling and cawing
my absence is terrible and coldish


Source & Method

Collage from Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals after an inspirational workshop with Sarah Doyle who has created a whole chapbook collaging these journals (Something so wild and new in this feeling, V. Press). The source text comes from entries written in May, 1802. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/42856/42856-h/42856-h.htm#Page_77

Sue Burge is a freelance creative writing and film studies tutor based in North Norfolk, UK. Her four poetry collections are: In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon 2018), Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018), The Saltwater Diaries (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020) and Confetti Dancers (Live Canon 2021). www.sueburge.uk.

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Issue 27