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Tom

When, in January, Tom told us of his cancer diagnosis and its dreadful prognosis, a familiar grief moved in, pulled up a chair and became a fixture of every waking minute. After a few weeks, I tried a new tactic for … Continue reading

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Is there anybody there?

In my twenties I lived in Hackney, London, in a fantastic kind of lesbian soup.  Six, maybe seven of us shared a huge house, for free (thanks, literally, to God – it was a vicarage) and our days and nights … Continue reading

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Seahorses

My mum had a catastrophic addiction.  She died in November 2011.   The morning came cold and clear ice had crept under my door. My old dog lay down by the wall, tired out.   I walked without you, without your … Continue reading

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This shitty, shitty thing

As a nod to the Mexican Day of the Dead, this piece remembers my beautiful cousin, Suzy Barratt, who died of breast cancer in 2007, aged 43. Not a day goes by without loving and missing her.  This shitty, shitty thing. … Continue reading

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The Present

  Thank you for the present, it’s beautiful. I’ve kept it in my room all these years. Everyday I look at it and think of you. That silly green spiky thing, just like us. I heard you died on June … Continue reading

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With these we are left

This is another poem about loss  – but also, I hope, about life   With These We Are Left   The sweep of her fingers through dust on a mirror a small hair curled on the bathroom floor a door … Continue reading

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All Your Days

For my cousin, Suzy Barratt   Not you, but us moving out of the harbour. Cold hands haul knots and rope, we shout farewell and wave and weep for this day. The horizon will not return us and you will … Continue reading

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