Sally Douglas

Sally Douglas: Featured Poet

Premature
(For Oliver)

Time lies like stones under water
heavy pebbles
anchoring the days.

You lie on a rind of light
sleep and breathe on the curves of moon and arm,
in moments pared from silver coins.

Unclinging, you curl
into spaces broken from the air
and open your eyes –

your eyes the colour of slate
but clear as water
moving over heavy stones.

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Sally was born in Cornwall in 1962. She read English and European Literature at Warwick University, and has a Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University. She lives in Devon. Her first collection, ‘Candling the Eggs‘ will be published by Cinnamon Press in February 2011.

Sally works in education, and runs poetry workshops for primary school children. She does most of her own writing in coffee shops, or at the dining room table in the middle of the night. She would do it in her study but she can’t get in there because there are too many books.

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7 thoughts on “Sally Douglas: Featured Poet”

  1. Congratulations on your new collection, Sally. My copy came in the mail last week and I started reading it today at the coffee shop – I’m impressed.

    “Premature” is a beautifully visual poem. “You lie like a rind of light” is a memorable metaphor.

    Elly x

  2. A fantastic poem, Sally, full of lovely images. You capture a feeling so intensely.
    Looking forward to seeing/owning your book at your launch in Exeter on March 27th.
    Love Becky

  3. What beautiful words. I can’t wait to get your new book from Cinnamon Press. Jan usually knows how to pick a winner.
    I’ll think of you next time I am up writing in the middle of the night. I can’t get in my study either.

  4. Sally, this is such a stunning poem. I love the fluid movement in it, and almost feel as if I am there. “Unclinging, you curl” – made my neck go tingly. I’m glad it’s in your collection so I can read it again and again. And, I am keeping my fingers crossed but may well be able to get to your launch on the 27th March – I so hope so. Valerie

  5. A fantastic poem Sally. ‘moments pared from silver coins’ is just beautiful, as is the rest. I am now on my third reading of your collection and getting more from it each wonderful time.

    sharonx

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