Our Poem of the Week is ‘Sunflower’ by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz

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Our final Poem of the Week for 2018 (we'll be taking a break over Xmas/New Year) is by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz. At the time of year when days are short, her poem Sunflower gives a nod in its title to the long days of summer. Our thanks to Alexandra for her responses to our Q&A, and our congratulations to all the poets who've had their work chosen over the course of the year. We look forward to highlighting more poems through the course of 2019.

What got you into writing poetry?
I started writing poetry about 2-3 years ago after getting though a really tough time. I discovered that I could roll all my sadness, loneliness, pain into little poems and suddenly the weight on my shoulders was a little lighter. It became a true form of therapy for me, not just a way to express myself.

How long have you been writing?
I have loved writing since I was 8 or 9 years old, but I never shared my work with anyone until 2 years ago.

Do you go to any open-mic nights?
I've been to a few, but I'm terrified of reading aloud because it never sounds quite the same as it did in my head.

What’s your favourite poet/poem?
Syvlia Plath remains the only poet I really care to read. I connect with many of her themes and I just think it's beautiful.

You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?
Swimming in the ocean, sleeping in the sun, foraging for food. I don't think I would need anything else, but I'm a bit of a weirdo.


by Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz


She grew in my hands
until I could no longer
hold her weight
and her flower
eclipsed my face
I cried as I buried her
and the earth swallowed
my tears with thirsty gulps
she drank from me until
I was dry and I was dry for weeks
Proudly, she stood under my window
sill, with bright petals and a strong stem
she waited for me to come again
But I did not want to cry anymore


◄ 'You could watch her cap it in a chicory coffee can'

'All through the day they return to stand over the seedling and whisper' ►


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Martin Elder

Sun 6th Jan 2019 14:43

An absolutely outstanding poem. I am not surprised it is POTW
Congratulations Alexandra

Alan Pascoe

Sun 30th Dec 2018 15:44

Very compelling Alexandra. One can see the influence of SP.

Try and write through someone else's gaze. Apart from meeting TH, that was one of Plath's tragedies. Most of her poems are written from within her own gaze.

Art is essentially the lives of others.

Do what Goya did two hundred years ago - say something about art and life, about love and death.

Again - a real craft for language. A superb eye for editing your own work.

Write as though there is no horizon.

Good wishes,

Alan Pascoe

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Peter Taylor

Fri 28th Dec 2018 18:57

This poem is really rather lovely and a perfect end-of-year prompt to get more down on paper next year. Thanks for your gift to us all.


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Jon Stainsby

Thu 27th Dec 2018 18:54

Congratulations, Alexandra

Big Sal

Thu 27th Dec 2018 16:12

Well done.

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Alexandra Rockwell Lorenz

Wed 26th Dec 2018 02:07

Thank you so much to everyone who has read and commented. It is such an honor. I'm glad you enjoyed my poem!

jennifer Malden

Tue 25th Dec 2018 19:59

Well deserved! Loved too 'and her flower eclipsed my face'. Beautiful

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Brian Maryon

Tue 25th Dec 2018 10:50

Congrats Alexandra

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keith jeffries

Mon 24th Dec 2018 19:36

Rich in beauty and sentiment. Congratulations.

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Vinod K A

Mon 24th Dec 2018 13:48

and her flower
eclipsed my face.....


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Randy Horton

Mon 24th Dec 2018 11:43


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Mon 24th Dec 2018 10:49

I missed this one, so I'm very glad to have a second chance.
Outstanding work.

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