'A Room Alone' by A.M.Clarke is Write Out Loud's Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘A Room Alone’ by A.M. Clarke, a short, atmospheric work that leaves everything to the imagination. Its opening lines begin thus: "night in the long hours / 
quiet like the inside /of a suitcase." The poet’s profile page says: “I've been writing since my early teens. I haven't really gathered anything to brag about since then. I hardly publish and I've never submitted to a competition. I find most of my enjoyment in both the act and aftermath of writing.”    



by A.M.Clarke


night in the long hours
quiet like the inside
of a suitcase

a fire is burning

darkness moves
a breath against
the heavy wall
blind and
pillow soft




◄ 'You think you know them, these creatures robed in your parents' skins'

Black Shiver Moss: Graham Mort, Seren ►


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 27th Nov 2017 12:24

Brilliantly suggestive in so few words. The epitome of poetry, simultaneously including and opening the reader's mind and emotions.

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Greg Freeman

Sun 19th Nov 2017 21:45

Sorry about the lack of Q&A, Linda. We sent out the questions as usual, but the poet didn't get back to us.

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Linda Cosgriff

Sun 19th Nov 2017 21:15

A lovely poem. Congratulations on PotW!

But why no Q&A? That's my favourite part of PotW.

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Hannah Collins

Sun 19th Nov 2017 15:36

The poem beautifully captures the mystery of night.


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Graham Sherwood

Tue 14th Nov 2017 09:58

A lovely piece that instantly captures the soporific weight one feels in darkness. Well done on POTW!

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 14th Nov 2017 09:40

Hello AMC,

Congratulations, I applaud the brevity and beauty of this piece, also your refreshing modesty.

For me this captures what it is to be a prisoner, wherever you are.



Tue 14th Nov 2017 06:24

Congratulations A.M, nice poem

All the best des

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Martin Elder

Mon 13th Nov 2017 21:49

An excellent poem. Some nice reach rich description with so few words. Puts me in mind of Dylan Thomas in some ways with your use of words.
Well deserved POTW

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