Peter Daniels

Peter Daniels: Featured Poet


In the yellow water pail
two blue mice are floating.
They splashed through my sleep
last night, and I ignored them.

On the porch, three more mice
lie in the bottom of a dry pail,
withered, with a few old leaves,
and a scattering of droppings.

One mouse looks nibbled,
keeping the others alive
to chase the walls a while
inside the plastic drum.

How long before they died?
We could lie in wait and
count how many fall in:
but simpler to set some traps.

I throw the crisp mice out,
and this morning’s two
wet and bloated ones,
with the water they drowned in,

scrape out the bucket of dried
mouseturds under the pump:
remember tonight
to keep the lid down on the water.


Peter Daniels has twice won the Poetry Business pamphlet competition, in 1991 and 1999, and came first in the 2002 Ledbury, the 2008 Arvon, and the 2010 TLS and Ver Poets competitions. He returned to pamphlets with Work & Food from Mulfran Press in 2010, and Mr Luczinski Makes a Move is forthcoming from HappenStance in 2011. As well as his own poems he is working on translations from the Russian of Vladislav Khodasevich. Peter lives in Stoke Newington, London.


Cinnamon Press and Lumen Poetry

Great evening in London with Cinnamon Press and Lumen
Poetry. Wonderful to hear all the readings – both from the three
Cinnamon Poets (Sally Douglas, Anne Caldwell and Andrea Siviero), and
others who bravely took to the floor in the open mic session.

Sally read superbly for about twenty minutes – her poetry
“fantastically unsettling but never sentimental” (Jan Fortune-Wood).

What better way to spend an evening than listening to such amazing use
of language. And all for a very good cause – Cold Weather Shelters.

Valerie Morton

Gill McEvoy

Gill McEvoy: Featured Poet

Preparing Fish

I have lived inland all my life,
got no further than sticklebacks
glowering in jars,
never once ate trout.

Here in my new kitchen
this strange fish slips from my grip,
slithers and slaps against the sink.
It smells of foreign things.

The loose scales must be scraped away.
I curse as, sliding, it escapes again.
But soon the sink begins to fill
with pieces of silver,

sequins sail its lake, starbursts
hammer its surface to a shimmer.
I scoop one gently on a fingertip:
it clings, and winks and winks with light.

When you walk in – starving, as you say –
you find me lining out frail specks
of starlight on the drainer’s edge.

Gill McEvoy is a poet with determination, if not always the energy! With friends she runs Zest!, a quarterly Open Floor Poetry Night in Chester. She and Judy Ugonna run workshops (Poem Catchers). She also runs The Poem Shed, a workshop group, and a poetry reading group “The Golden Pear”. She has published 2 pamphlets “Uncertain Days” and “A Sampler”, (Happenstance Press, 2006, 2008) and a full collection “The Plucking Shed” (Cinnamon Press, 2010).

Occasionally she blogs at
Website Poem Catchers

Vicky Wilson

Vicky Wilson: Featured Poet

Margate, 2010

St Michael and all Angels descend from the bus,
heralded by the boom of carnival drum and bass,
to a sweep of sea and a golden curl of sand
where pink bikinis dance round tumbledown castles,
shaking down fried noodles and ice-cream, and
Polish teens call the score for volleyball
alongside swingboats where tattooed dads
look on as sticky toddlers rise and fall.
Girls in swimsuits and hijabs hunt for treasures
and a flock of nuns dares the incoming tide
while wrinkled hands unwrap blintzes and pittas,
watching as the twirl of sequins and boas creeps
towards the Turner, backs to Dreamland
where the wreck of the rollercoaster sleeps.


Vicky Wilson is a poet and non-fiction writer. Her poems have been published in Line Dancing (Categorical Books, 2010) as well as in several magazines and anthologies and her book London’s Houses is due out from Metro Publications in 2011. She works in schools as part of the soon-to-be-axed Creative Partnerships programme and as an editor. Her most recent project is Did I Tell You? a poetry anthology co-edited with Nicky Gould that has raised over £3000 for Children in Need. She likes performing her poetry and has recently begun to write ‘found poems’ based on her interactions with the public at festival events.