arms scratched, legs rasped. A curlew startles.
Springtides lap salt-marsh. On the creek's brim
I'm knee-deep and glasswort drowns.
The egret, like a white question mark,
asks, Will you swim? Ripples lick the mud,
tide still rises. Will you swim?
a glide through dark drifts of leaves and sticks
which flicker and part. I sip
river, half salt, and the moment slips –
a clip of a room without windows
where I sit with five men, think
rivers, fishing trips, picnics on banks,
by blackthorn, wind-dried, skin sleek
as river, fooling myself I am
unseen. My blank white pad is scribbled
with shadows, shapes between reeds
shift. Ribs buzz upstream. What's your
asks the egret.
I am sensing her. The sea is in me.
I am thinking of her when
I am writing, when the dry wind
rattles the stubble, when my skin burns
and the leaves of the chestnut tree
shrivel at the end of summer.
Even if it is hours
or years since she has held me,
I am thinking of the sea.
Member of prison writing group.
Forthcoming - Estuary
Lydia's second collection Estuary will be published in October 2014 by Two Ravens Press and launched at Dimbola Gallery, Freshwater, Isle of Wight on 4 October 2014. Work from Lydia and from artist Colin Riches will be exhibited here until January 2015. This tells the story of a year on the estuary of the Western Yar on the Isle of Wight, using poems, diary extracts and visual images from artist Colin Riches.
Lydia Fulleylove is a UK based poet, writer and facilitator. She is most at home when out of doors, whether in the hills, woods or by the sea.
"Wild places and the rhythm of the seasons are integral to my work. I see writing as a form of exploration and experiment, rooted in the senses, a voyage through observation, memory and reflection to the shaping and crafting of a ‘final’ piece"
The power of place is often significant in the workshops she facilitates with a wide range of community groups, including schools, mental health and prison. Experience or memories of particular landscapes offer a focus through which participants may explore thoughts and feelings. One workshop member expressed it like this:
"Looking out is often a way of looking in - then looking out again"
Lydia has a strong interest in combined arts projects in her work with community groups and she collaborates with other writers, artists and musicians.
"The energy created by the meeting and overlapping of art forms has also inspired my own writing, making me realise that ‘no art form is an island’. The act of looking - the giving of attention through whichever sense - has informed all our collaborations"
Lydia was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Award in October 2010. Her first collection, Notes on Land and Sea, was published by HappenStance Press in June 2011 and is available from HappenStancePress.co.uk
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