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Thirza Clout

Thirza Clout grew up in Kent and Wales and now lives on the English/Welsh border in Shropshire. For five years she was Chair of the Board of Wenlock Poetry Festival after careers in journalism, as a stand-up comedian and as a director for a conservation charity. She reads regularly in Shrewsbury and Ludlow and her poems have been published on Wenlock Poetry Festival and website. Her first publication was in Breakthru International Poetry magazine while she was still at school. The Bone Seeker, a chap book which she was invited by Australian prize-winning poet Ross Donlon to publish in his Mark Time imprint, comes out in early 2016 and is the first publication of her recent work.

Email: thirzaclout@hotmail.com

Twitter: @thirzacloutpoet

Web: www.thirzaclout.wordpress.com


Who is the man feeding me honey made by birds?

In his square hands he holds a conical nest

shifting clouds of blue tiny birds

halo his head. I dip a teaspoon

into the dark clear honey made by birds

and sip. Smiling he invites me to lick

a wooden spoon, lap up the honey made by birds.


It tastes of the pure white columns of birch trees.

I am astonished: there is honey made by birds,

in this world I know the taste of birch trees.