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  April 2009
volume 7 number 1
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  Peter Branson
  Richard Burrill
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Julia Carlson
  Ralph-Michael Chiaia
  Megan Coker
  Chris Crittenden
  Dale Duke
  K. EltinaĆ©
  Jerry Garcia
  Emmanuel Jakpa
  Just Kibbe
  Ashley King
  Deborah P Kolodji
  Wolf Larsen
  B.D. Love
  david mclean
  Steve Norwood
  Vishnu Rao
  Annette Sugden
  J. C. Sullivan
  Barbara A. Taylor
  Gene van Troyer
  Rev. Dave Wheeler
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Peter Branson
April 2009



art by ferrari silverpowder

    Peter Branson is a creative writing tutor. Until recently he was Writer-in-residence for "All Write" run by Stoke-on-Trent Library Services. He began writing poetry seriously about five years ago and has had work published by many mainstream poetry journals, including Acumen, Ambit, Envoi, Iota, 14, Fire, The Interpreter's House, Poetry Nottingham, Red Ink and Other Poetry.



Marriage Lines

She would have made
a fine ship's carpenter,
reliable, discreet,
confined for months in clamped
uncompromising stench
on long-haul voyages
to other worlds.

Main task, use eyes,
ears, feel, experience
to monitor
those vital signs,
the slow heartbeat
of breathing hull,
rudder and mast.

Fearful to rock the boat,
she bends before
her demon captain's will,
splicing repairs,
re-caulking planks,
treading sea shells
to stave disaster off.

Gentled but unfulfilled
(No fiction this),
she feigns desire,
feels duty-bound,
submission, flattery,
respect. So who are you
to criticise?

copyright 2008 Peter Branson