Up from the descending semis,Sean’s nan had the forestin her mouth, brackenplumbing her tongue.
The strait’s liquidshad changed a child’s sibil-ance to ancientocclusive stops.
We called her Gags.My butty said he couldunderstand the babble.I’m not sure.
She was a leaf-thing, curled in her chair,waiting for a secondturn to take her off.
From The Fossil-Box (Cinnamon, 2007).
"I grew up in the
Forest of Dean. 'Gags' was written as the final section in a longer poem
called 'Vorrest', which explores the idea of Dean as part of my
'impending past'. Gags was the nan of my childhood best butty (forest
dialect); to our eyes she seemed as old and strange as the forest
Richard Marggraf Turley
won First Prize in the Keats-Shelley Prize, 2007. His poems have
appeared in journals and magazines. Richard was born in the Forest of
Dean and moved to Wales when he was seven. Richard's co-authored volume,
Whiteout, appeared with Parthian in 2006. His first solo collection, The Fossil-Box,
was published by Cinnamon in 2007. He is also the author of two books
on the Romantic poets. Recent radio interviews include an appearance on
Radio 3's The Verb, presented by Ian McMillan.
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