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.

5 thoughts on “Vicky Wilson: Featured Poet”

  1. I’m really enjoying this poem Vicky – last year I visited Margate again after many years (it used to be a regular day trip when we were children) and I love the way you have dealt with the contrast – the last line says it all – the school groups now visiting the new Turner gallery. Love the image of the “twirl of sequins and boas creeps ………..” A modern Margate of noodles/pittas/tattoos/hijabs/sequins and boas – and then Dreamland which was what Margate was all about – now hopefully only sleeping, waiting to be restored. It’s hit a spot with me and thanks for such a read – it’s brought a lot of memories back.

  2. I’m enjoying the poem too, Vicky. Even though I’ve never been to Margate, your details bring it to life for me. And I’m imagining it to be very much like the harbour park close to where I live in Canada – and you are making me intensely dream of summer!! The snow is still several feet high in here! I enjoyed reading your bio. I like the sound of your “found” poetry. And your photo – which makes me wonder what the rest of the line turned out to be – that you’re writing on the floor 🙂

  3. This a lovely site and you might be interested in mine. I am a poet and recently joined the team at Zest! I have published 4 solo collections and 4 chapbooks of poetry, with publishers such as Salt, Stride and bluechrome.

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