Wednesday, 13 May 2015

2015 MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST FOCUS: LEANNE BRIDGEWATER

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Leanne Bridgewater's passion in life is poetry. Born in Birmingham, she now lives in Coventry. At 13, she took refuge in the Birmingham Library, writing all day.

She started performing with Birmingham Youth Poets at 15. At 17, she became a Foyle young poet. She graduated from an MA at 23. This poem is from her short-listed collection.


Jaundice

They call it the populative cycle
rooster's rival, banana sket
don't get eating too many biscuits.
Too many voices inside the shed
- want to make out and break out -
input lipstick on a garden hoe,
- make eyes at a gnome,
if ever they know
we are watching.
The sun is on its face.


poem copyright the poet, 2015.
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