She stood on a mobile walkway, straw-haired, between ages, freshly autumnal for school,
as distant as she felt, though I held her close, tried to mutter about love, sending
money, being missed, till turbines tested to screaming exploded in my chest and woke
me reaching for a stranger.
Floods had closed the road again and men were drilling their hearts out.
Most poems from this 1999 collection were included, sometimes in revised form, in
Three poems from WAYS THROUGH, a four-poem sequence of unrhymed sonnets concerning
married love, were omitted as inappropriate for the themes and tone of the later
book. The epigraph which introduced them was:
'...a romance where the woman guards herself over the decades by withholding the
easy assent her husband only thinks he wants...' (H.Dunmore reviewing Ann Sansom's
Romance in Poetry Review, Spring 1995) The author may include these three sonnets
in a later collection.
This booklet as a whole was dedicated to: Those whose words
and ways gave rise to these poems
This booklet can be obtained direct from the author (use Contact page)