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Colin Sutherill

Colin Sutherill lives near Leominster. His collection, Einstein's Bumblebee was published by Blackwater and a pamphlet, Nissen Hut Movies is just out. He appears in Tears in the Fence, Poetry Salzburg Review, Stride, Envoi  and elsewhere and has read both locally and at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival. He has been a journalist and a lecturer, including a visiting stint at Sheffield Hallam University under A E Markham.


The wrecked tree


The wrecked tree in the jockey’s field

is not done   not at all

it buds up yet again to play its part

akin to birdsong     river-

rush and you know this whole

April thing:

last legs urging on another spring.


Each bud’s at first an unstruck match


and then

                beyond the kissing gates

beneath a sky as grey as any

young guy’s rolled-back sheets

you see the full effect where

probing filaments ply seams of stuff

hew gist and luck and

conjure this — despite the jagged limbs and  

blight — this drilled-out pasture light.