I started writing poetry about six years ago. In 2012 my first pamphlet 'If We Could Speak Like Wolves' was published after being one of four winners in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition judged by Carol Ann Duffy In 2011 I won an Eric Gregory Award and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. I work part time as a peripatetic brass teacher for Cumbria Music Service and part time as a freelance poet delivering workshops and readings.
If We Could Speak Like Wolves If I could wait for weeks for the slightest change in you, then each day hurt you in a dozen different ways, bite heart-shaped chunks of flesh from your thighs to test if you flinch or if you could be trusted to endure, if I could rub my scent along your shins to make you mine, if a mistake could be followed by instant retribution and end with you rolling over to expose the stubble and grace of your throat, if it could be forgotten the moment the wind changed, if my eyes could sharpen to yellow, if we journeyed each night for miles, taking it in turn to lead, if we could know by smell what we are born to, if before we met we sent our lonely howls across the estuary where in the fading light wader birds stiffen and take to the air, then we could agree a role for each of us, more complicated than alpha, more simple than marriage.
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