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Colin Sutherill

Colin Sutherill’s pamphlet-length Ogd, a venturesome blend of the poetically playful and the deadly serious, came out from Red Squirrel Press in 2017.  His work appears in Tears in the FencePoetry Salzburg ReviewUnder the Radar, Orbis, Envoi  and elsewhere and he has read locally on both sides of the border and at the 2014 and 2017 Tears in the Fence Festivals. He has been a journalist and a lecturer, including a stint as visiting lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University under the poet, A E Markham. His collection, Einstein's Bumblebee was published by Blackwater in 1999. He lives near Leominster.

 

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.