Poems - Issue 3
2nd prize: Elisabeth Sennitt Clough - Anguilla Anguilla
Photograph: 'New Bedford River' by Kelvin Brown
Elisabeth is the author of Glass, which won the Paper Swans Press inaugural pamphlet competition, and Sightings, her debut collection forthcoming in early 2017 from Pindrop Press. She is a current Arvon/Jerwood mentee. http://elisabethsennittclough.co.uk/
Take every gain without remorse about missed profits because an eel may escape sooner than you think – Lope de Vega
The water delivered bold / lifeless things
into my gran's nets / a smell / sap
of Ouse / earth to air / peat to clay / seepage
through willow baskets / woven the old way.
She spoke downriver / above the spasms
of glistening bellies / her tongue pressed
westward / in arcs and sinews / a mile
or more / reached without ever being raised.
There's money in eels / but how to explain
today’s / City Path / mapped in cute
curlicue elvers / poppycock / she’d say
Council’s peddling the streets / with myths and motifs.
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough