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 Fence, Poetry Salzburg Review, Under 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
last legs urging on another spring.
Each bud’s at first an unstruck match
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.