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Middlesbrough Poetry Launch

September 30, 2013

I would like to invite you to the launch of Lifelines at Sassari’s restaurant in Middlesbrough on Wednesday 2nd October at 7p.m.
This joint publication between myself and Brian Anderson is brought to you from Mudfog Press in time for National Poetry Day.
As this year’s theme for National Poetry Day is ‘water’ I am offering you a preview of ‘No Going Back’:

The Great Hall of the Winds
hides in the hills
where ravens go to roost.

You showed me the path
through the veil of spume
from the waterfall.

I followed into the cave
to see the bone chamber
where lions once lived.

You helped me down the slope
of scree which skitter-scattered
to the cavern floor.

I stumbled over mud and rubble,
grazed my shin
on a stalagmite.

The Great Hall lit up
when you swept your torch
across the roof,

startling a thousand diamonds
like a glitter of fairy lights,
from their limestone bed.

I froze at the first echoes
of tapping sounds,
the dwarves looking for lead,

then ran like Aeolus himself,
did not look back
to see if you would follow.

You were a long time
coming up from underground,
your face a blank.

The waterfall hissed,
ravens took flight,
something shifted between us.

‘No Going Back’ was inspired by research into the myths, legends and fairytales of Teesdale and Weardale. It is one of the collection which features in Lifelines and will be performed on Wednesday night.
The evening starts at 7p.m. on the first floor of Sassari’s restaurant, 193-195 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough, TS1 4AG.

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