Fitting corners through doorways allowed us to feel the grain, the scent of polish rushing to our heads. Out of the rings
left by two glasses and what we surmised a bottle of burgundy, we invented a story about a couple like us, who at weekends scoured
shops for texts about the world. Atlases, dictionaries, photo albums, and the collected works of philosophers share the shelves.
We’ve devised an order of sorts, and positioned spines so sometimes we lie horizontal with the titles.
Although we haven’t filled all the gaps, we’re learning it’s not just touch and visual pleasure, but finding the words.
by Sally Flint
Notes from Worple Press:
Sally Flint grew up in the West Midlands and now lives in Exeter. Her poetry and prose have been widely published, anthologised and won awards. She teaches creative writing, facilitates community workshops and is co-founder/editor of Riptideshort story journal and Canto Poetry at the University of Exeter. She also works with Devon Drugs Service and Devon Community Foundation on a project called ‘Stories Connect’, based on the University of Massachusetts’ programme, ‘Changing Lives through Literature.’ Her research interests include healthcare in the arts, and the evolution of ekphrasis, especially the relationship between poetry, visual art and technology.
Worple Press was founded by Peter and Amanda Carpenter in 1997 and publishes 6-8 books a year by new and established poets: collections, pamphlets, works in translation, essays, interviews. Early authors included Iain Sinclair, Joseph Woods, Beverley Bie Brahic, Kevin Jackson and the acclaimed American nature poet Peter Kane Dufault. Recent collections (2014/2015) include Andy Brown’s Exurbia, Isabel Galleymore’s Dazzle Ship, Martyn Crucefix’s A Hatfield Mass, Julian Stannard’s The Street of Perfect Love, and Clive Wilmer’s UrbanPastorals. More information can be found at the publisher’s website, and on Facebook and Twitter.
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