Rose Cook was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Devon. She performs poetry regularly, individually and with poetry performance group, Dangerous Cardigans. She also co-founded and co-presented the popular local poetry and performance forum One Night Stanza. Her work has been published in various magazines and collections. For Apples & Snakes, Rose mostly recently performed at the Barnstaple Fringe as part of the North Devon Festival, as well as Ways With Words at Dartington.
Casting Off She should have let him go ages before he asked her, several times, I heard him, but she stood thigh deep, her small hands on the prow of his boat, offering instructions in a gentle voice, as an air hostess does before take off, her own fears chained together like clauses and carefully wrapped around as fast as he tries to cast off, until he can take it no more and shouts to her to let go and to shut up since he knows more about sailing than she does and she stands with her arms at her sides, watching, while the wind takes her son and his orange sails and carries him out far on a run, so he cuts through the slate sea not looking back, but we can just hear his voice: I know far more about sailing than you do. (pub The Shop)
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