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SOUTH 61

SOUTH 61 was published in April 2020.

Nicola Warwick is the featured poet in this issue. Rosalynde Price has provided a profile and made a selection of Nicola's poems.

A taster poem appears below.

A DISCUSSION ABOUT PETS

I need to know if you are a cat or dog man.
You say you're not fond of pets, it's too
painful when you lose them.

Then, you switch to a story of you, as a boy,
on a bike, being startled by a whippet
(as if a dog like a whippet could startle!).

You say, anyway, you don't need pets.
You have your two little visitors: your bat,
who orbits the garden, round and round, the same route every night.

As you talk I feel its wings flittering inside me.

And then, you describe your hedgehog, how you can spot
the trail it leaves as it snuffles through the grass.
Even after you have mown the lawn, you can always see where it's been.

Your face unfolds as you speak; slowly,
I soften for winter.

© Nicola Warwick

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