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Fountain stars!

Congratulations to Fountain poets Claire Coleman and Jinny Fisher. Claire has six poems in Sarasvati #42, published by Indigo Dreams, and Jinny has two prose-poems in The Poetry Shed.

Ewan MacPherson and Jane Williams performed at the spoken word event “Write out, Speak out” during Wells Litfest. Jane’s verbal fireworks proved to be the evening’s stand-out performance.

Zanna Beswick and Ama Bolton were at the Torbay Poetry Festival yesterday, reading their  Commended and Highly Commended poems at the Torbay Poetry competition prizegiving event.

Next meeting in Wells: Monday 7th November. Guest poet will be the wonderful David Cloke from East Coker. Will he read his unforgettable Morse Code poem? I do hope so!

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Singing at the Bone Tree

Fountain poet Rachael Clyne’s prize-winning second collection will be published by Indigo Dreams on June 4th.

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Singing at the Bone Tree
Women gather for a residential course in the Scottish Highlands on writing the wild, only to find the surroundings turn out to be fenced-off moor, banks of forestry and mountains that sit firmly in the distance. The journey to reclaim the wild self inevitably encounters frustration and grief for our treatment of the earth. But if you accept what is, listen and watch – the wild reveals itself.

Rachael Clyne is a psychotherapist, poet and writer from Glastonbury. She attends and performs at poetry groups in Bath and Wells. Her work appears in several anthologies, and her first collection She Who Walks With Stones and Sings was published in 2006 (PS Avalon). Rachael’s love of nature and understanding of the human journey give her work a depth and earthiness, with humour even in the darkest places.

“Clyne’s poems are as earthy, rich, feral as the landscapes she writes about. Woven through all of them is the theme of digging to the bedrock, the bones – of human, of land. Her concerns are territory, boundaries, fences – and how we might slip through the wires. At times, as in the final poem, she achieves a near-shapeshift before our eyes.”
 ROSELLE ANGWIN 
Poet, Author, Writing Tutor

SINGING AT THE BONE TREE WAS A WINNER OF THE GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2013

Marking Territories
It’s the usual room shuffle
claiming our spot

proximity to loo

preferred mug.
Outside, brash wind
monochrome mountains

tussocks of grass, gorse.
But we are all fenced-in
wired to worked out ways

territory divided: rooms, heath. 
Mine is the outcrop near the bone tree
three gates, two fields, four fences away
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Our task: to slip through the wires. 

 

February fill-dyke

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In spite of unprecedented rainfall in the last few weeks, twenty-two poets made it to the Fountain last Monday. We heard a flood of weather-related poems – and a shower of Valentines, too! Richard was especially prolific, having written apt and amusing Valentine tributes to many members of the group.

It was good to see Mark again, thanks to the improved bus time-table, and Andrew too, whose migration pattern so seldom enables him to be with us. He read his wonderful poem about Lorca. Anyone who has a copy of our 2008 anthology can find it on page 28. I still have a few copies of the 2013 anthology – clearance sale price £3 – contact me if you’d like one.

Wendy Nicholson (see her page in Poets’ Pages, above) brought along a few copies of her pamphlet Along Woodland Ways, a touching poem about the endangered native Red Squirrel, with Wendy’s own delightful colour illustrations on every page. It is ridiculously good value and will be sold to swell the funds of Northern Red Squirrels.

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Rachael Clyne read a poem from her forthcoming pamphlet, Singing at the Bone Tree, which will be published in June. Congratulations to Rachael, who was one of two winners of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Competition.

Other members deserving congratulations include Jo Waterworth, who has a poem in the Poetry Space Winter Showcase anthology, Jane Williams who has a poem in the Plough Prize long list, and Clare Diprose and Ama Bolton, who have poems in the Plough Prize short list. Ama had a poem (heard at the Fountain in November) highly commended in the Charles Causley competition, and will be at Keats House in Hampstead on February 25th to receive a runner-up prize in the Magma Editors Prize Competition.

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.

– Juan Ramon Jimenez, poet, Nobel prizewinner