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SOUTH 55

SOUTH 55 was published in April 2017.

Camilla Lambert is the featured poet in SOUTH 55. Mandy Pannett has written a profile and made a selection of Camilla's poems.

A taster poem appears below.

BLACKBERRY BUSH WITH HORNET

See us, fellow-gatherers, a fiery hornet and me,
giving each other leave to investigate and taste.
My arm stretches out, tentative over nettles,
as the orange hornet veers away, no time to waste
over a dark shape with plump reddened fingers
and feet that avoid cow pats clustered with flies
gorging on far richer succulence than berries.
Light fades below crowded cumulus skies.

I see them again: a run of sea holiday Septembers,
fist-fulls of juiciness plucked on the steep path home.
Days smelled of time still to come, stings grew dull,
cuts healed into unblemished skin. I remember
the crustiness of cream, dunlins scurrying in the foam,
black storms from the west, the beginnings of a lull.

© Camilla Lambert

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