Poetry Blog by Maggie Sawkins
My interview with the artist Melanie Manchot for Brighton's Radio Reverb. You can hear me talking about the back story to Zones of Avoidance which won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry
Sunday 22nd May 2016 2:23 pm
The World's Coat
The world's coat
has a zillion buttons made of stone,
deeper than the deepest Ocean;
with its collar pulled up
it reaches beyond the death of stars.
Its fabric can cope with hurricane and hail,
sandstorm and snow;
it can brace your sorrows and your fears
of no tomorrow.
The word's coat is lined with silk from all the silk worms
Sunday 3rd April 2016 6:16 pm
A CAGE WENT IN SEARCH OF A BIRD
What use is a cage
that's become afraid
of its own trappings -
its mirror, its bell its swing?
What use is an opening
that doesn't stay open?
What use is a perch
that doesn't stay still?
No use thinking things
should a bird fly in
and make itself at home.
What use is a co...
Friday 25th March 2016 5:28 pm
Zones of Avoidance (an excerpt)
I’m reading ‘The Confessions of an English Opium Eater’ –
I want to understand what drove my daughter out
in the snow with no coat or socks, in search of a fix.
I want to understand what divinity led her
to set up camp in the derelict ‘pigeon house’
after running out of sofas to surf.
I was a Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds girl mys...
Sunday 31st January 2016 8:10 pm
Zones of Avoidance, David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth
Maggie Sawkins' Zones of Avoidance is an intriguing combination of video, sound and live presentation of her poetry combined with words from people in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
The award-winning show - recipient of the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work Poetry - takes its audience into the world of Maggie's daughter'...
Saturday 8th November 2014 2:54 pm