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Sunday Poem – Emily Blewitt


Evening folks.  The Sunday posts are going to be a bit shorter on here for the next month because as part of my role as Digital Poet in Residence I will be posting extracts from my logbook – which will also have diary type entries – so  a lot of what I would normally put here, is going up there next week sometime, if you get my meaning!  So this post will be brief but you can catch up on all my gossip over at The Poetry School http://campus.poetryschool.com/

Next Wednesday the Poetry School are having a Digital Open Day and I’ll be taking part in a live webchat with Amy Wack from Seren, Neil Astley from Bloodaxe and Hannah Lowe, Bloodaxe poet extraordinaire about publishing a first collection, so if you have any questions you would like to ask, send them through to me and hopefully we will be able to fit them in.    There is also a chance to post your poems online from 7pm and get some instant(ish) feedback from 7pm if you join the CAMPUS group ‘Show Us Your Poems’…

Other things happening this week – the Wordsworth Trust summer reading series starts Tuesday May 6th with Fleur Adcock and local poet Neil Curry reading.  There is also an amazing workshop with Mimi Khalvati happening on the 24th May at the Wordsworth Trust – this is a rare opportunity to attend a workshop with an amazing poet and tutor – I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who has been to a Mimi Khalvati workshop and doesn’t sing her praises – they do need a minimum number to run the workshop so if you were thinking about it and haven’t got yourself in gear – get organised!  You can book online at https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2014/05/24/workshop-the-short-lyric-with-mimi-khalvati.html

Today’s Sunday Poet is Emily Blewitt who is a lovely poet that I met a couple of weeks ago on the residential course at Grange Over Sands.  Emily is a fantastic writer who is based in Cardiff and she was writing some fantastic poems on the course.  I really liked this poem about a bear – as I’m writing, am wondering if I have a soft spot for bear poems that I didn’t know about, as this is the second bear poem that has been the Sunday Poem.  Anyway, I think this poem is very delicate – the way the lines step down one after the other and the poem manages to conjure up exactly what the bear looks like.  I like the bear that would ‘shrink to the shape of a sack’ – the bear is the active agent, it will shrink, it will emerge all ‘eyes and teeth’, it ‘snatches’ fish and then ‘carefully keeps her ears dry’ – lots of lovely description in the poem.

Emily Blewitt was born in Carmarthen in 1986.  She has published poetry in Cheval (Parthian: 2012, 2013), Nu2: Memorable Firsts (Parthian: 2011), and in Brittle Star (2011). Her poetry appears online in Pomegranate, Cadaverine, Bolts of Silk and The Guardian poetry workshop. Emily won the 2010 Cadaverine/Unity Day Competition with her poem ‘Still Life’, and was selected as Honno’s ‘Poet of the Month’ in September 2012. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4′s ‘Lost Voices’ programme to discuss the work of Anne Ridler. She is studying for a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University.  Her blog can be found at http://www.emilyblewitt.wordpress.com

I hope you enjoy the poem!

Giving – Emily Blewitt


I give you, this:
cold, hard earth;
the bear beneath

who would shrink to the shape of a sack
to let one cub breathe
in winter,

and, come thaw, emerge
all eyes and teeth,
head for water.

There: watch her
snatch from the air
a fish, mid-leap.

See how carefully
she keeps her ears dry.

Poetry and a paypal party


It is eleven a.m now so I’m not going to say good morning in case it’s not morning by the time I finish.  I’m currently on half term which equals sitting in my onesie for most of the day reading until hunger drives me outdoors to go and get food.

My half term started last Friday at 3pm.  I finished school and then went and picked the husband up and went to a wedding reception.  I stayed there till 6pm – the hubby is a psychotherapist and it was a psychotherapist getting married – consequently the whole wedding was full of psychotherapists!  That is all I’m going to say about that!  I had to leave early as I was MCing the Brewery Poets event  The Brewery Poets are a group that meet once a month to critique each other’s poetry – they also put on events twice a year.  I say ‘they’ but the organisational force behind the readings is concentrated in the form of Pauline Yarwood who was actually a guest poet this time alongside Jean Harrison, another member of Brewery Poets.

I’ve seen Pauline read three times in the last couple of months – once she came and did a ‘local poet spot’ at Poem and A Pint, once at ‘April Poets’ in Lancaster and then on Friday as well.  It’s been great to see Pauline growing in confidence over the three readings – at all three events she read her poems really well but she is starting to develop the elusive skill of ‘setting up’ her poems – I think introducing a poem is a skill in itself.  Not all poems require an introduction – but if they do, I like the introductions that don’t tell you what a poem is about but that open a door into the poem for the audience and Pauline was really good at this on Friday.

Jean Harrison read and it was lovely to see that she has a new book out with Cinnamon Press called ‘Terrain’.  Jean is a careful observer and she brings this exacting eye to her poetry.  I bought a copy, but haven’t got around to reading it yet.  It is on a pile of things to read this week which include the new Rialto, Poetry London, Claire Dyer’s ‘Eleven Rooms’, the new ‘Artemis’ and I’m still only half way through ‘How to Read a Poem’ by Terry Eagleton although so far I am managing with reading the poems, despite not having finished a book which purports to tell me how!  Still, as I boasted to someone the other day, I now know what a signified and a signifier is – although how far that knowledge will get me I don’t know!

On Monday I managed to work out how to get a paypal button on here!  That means, lovely people who haven’t already bought my pamphlet – and I am wondering how many there are left of you – I think most of the poets I know bought one, so maybe I am running out of audience – anyway you can now buy my pamphlet at the click of a button.  If you are quick it will also come wrapped in lovely pink tissue paper (the tissue paper may run out) and with a nice arty postcard from Abbots Hall Gallery (the postcards may run out) and a note expressing my gratitude and affection.  That, surely is worth £5.50!  If the arty postcards do run out, by the way, I have some postcards of Barrow that I bought from a charity shop.  They are hilarious and they look as if they were made in the 70’s and then have just sat in the charity shop gathering dust until I rescued them.

I’ve been trying out some new developments on the blog as well – I’ve changed the Home Page – I’ve put in some tabs – I’ve made a page with all the past readings on that I’ve done because I didn’t like deleting them from the ‘Readings and Workshops’ page as if they didn’t exist.  Feel free to let me know what you think – if you feel so moved!

Tonight I’m going to an open mic night at Zefferellis in Ambleside, organised by the Wordsworth Trust.  Jane Routh is the guest poet – I was at last months because I was the guest poet – and it was a really good night – I’m taking lovely friend Helen and we are going to scoff pizza before it starts.

On the 8th of June   I am reading at the launch of the ‘North West Poets Anthology’ at the Jerwood Centre in Grasmere.  There is some information on the Wordsworth Trust site here https://wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2013/06/08/launch-of-north-west-poets-anthology-sculpted.html but the North West Poets also have their own website here http://northwestpoets.wordpress.com

And then I am hot footing it back to Barrow to get ready for Poem and A Pint in the evening with lovely guest poet Hannah Lowe.  We have a big venue to fill for this one, so please, if you can get there come along.  Hannah is a great reader as well.  You can find more information on this event here: http://www.apoemandapint.co.uk/

And I think that’s me!  I’m off to Leicester this weekend to see the family – then it’s seven weeks till the summer holidays!  Not that I’m counting or anything!