Poetry Centre

Weekly Poem for 18 February 2019

  • Toaster

    Each Sunday morning
    the bread would often get stuck
    or launch itself high 

    across the kitchen
    where dad would catch it, juggling
    each flapping bird with 

    blackened wings. His dance
    made us laugh. Tea, marmalade,
    homemade jam, honey – 

    again and again
    we would wait for its metalled
    cough, to watch salmon 

    leaping through currents
    of sun. I ate six slices
    one weekend, enthralled 

    with how happiness
    was the colour of butter,
    best eaten hot. Toast. 

    I believed I could
    save each tiny crumb of you,
    thinking aged just four 

    that every Sunday
    would stay like this, love landing
    soft, the right way up.


    by Olga Dermott-Bond

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    Notes from Candlestick Press: 

    ‘Toaster’ is copyright © Olga Dermott-Bond, 2019. It is reprinted from Ten Poems for Breakfast published by permission of Candlestick Press.

    Olga Dermott-Bond is originally from Northern Ireland and lives in Warwickshire. A former Warwick Poet Laureate, she has had poetry and flash fiction published in a range of magazines including Rattle Magazine, Under the RadarMagma, Ink Sweat and Tears and Paper Swans Press. In 2018 she was commended in both the BBC Proms Poetry and Against the Grain poetry competitions, and was shortlisted in The Poetry School’s Primers competition. She is a teacher and has two daughters. Follow her on Twitter.

    Candlestick Press is a small, independent press based in Nottingham and has been publishing its sumptuous ‘instead of a card’ poetry pamphlets since 2008. Subjects range from Birds and Rivers to Tea, Kindness, Home and Puddings. Candlestick Press titles are stocked by chain and independent bookshops, as well as by galleries, museums and garden centres. They can also be ordered online where you can find out more about the full range of titles. Follow Candlestick on Twitter or find it on Facebook. In 2017 Candlestick sold over 70,000 pamphlets.

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