Life Drawing by Mengyu Liu
Some visual and poetic treats for those that couldn’t make it to Norwich for our live night and Turn the Page.
Mengyu Liu is a Chinese born artist. She is currently studying for her MA in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Art
Places and Brothers Water by Byron Beynon
He defines places by their foundations,
their firmness, the strength of roots,
how morning sometimes comes
with a red wound in the tempered east,
the illusion of a new sunshine
arriving within the stillness of a winter’s room;
a day toasted by the wine of angels,
secret tears that meet
by the sea’s drained heart,
when all tides
escape from this life,
the flotsam sacrificed beneath sharpened steel.
An escalator of light
falling from the sky,
a compass that focusses
on a lake covered
with thin ice;
the potency of youth
the advertisement of risk
as two brothers skate
in a physical landscape.
The cracks that coldly grin
on a fear to survive,
the paralysis of blood,
the serious drop in temperature
ill-timed on a winter’s day.
Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales. His work has appeared in many publications including Agenda, London Magazine Chicago Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The Warwick Review and The Wolf. Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press) and Human Shores (Lapwing Publications, Belfast). He has been co-editor of the poetry magazine Roundyhouse. A Pushcart Prize nominee
Elbow Room Live…
Yes Indeed. We are heading up to Norwich on the 2nd of May for our second live night…
We will be hosting stories and poetry from some of The University of East Anglia’s extraordinary authors. Readers including Kim Sherwood, Dennison Smith, Anna Metcalfe, Armando Celayo, Alita Balbi, Ella Chappell and Chris Ogden among many others…
Plus live music from both the fabulous Lucy Cait and Michael Garrett.
The doors open at 7 and we will be keeping you entertained from 7.30 til Midnight.
Thats not all though…
On the 3rd and 4th of May AYUpublishing (thats us) will have a table at the Turn the Page book fair.
We will have Volume Three of Elbow Room, a Elbow Room special edition with UEA authors. Plus other AYUpublishing pieces (which are mostly comic books, but not as you know them).
All the detail of the fair can be found here: http://turnthepage.org.uk/
Spread the word and hope to see you there…
Stop/Start by David Coldwell
That year we gave up on summer. The
wettest drought in history some said but
no one here was listening. The grass will need a cut,
you said, as the first leaves began
to fall and the birds began to gather
on the wires to prepare for their journeys.
The taxi arrived early and you worried
that it would cost a small fortune if
we didn’t make a move. I carried you
out past the overgrown grass covered
in leaves that were turning to muck in
the rain. Blackberries still clung to the
naked brambles where a piece of sheep’s
wool had caught on the thorns. The
birds had gone and in the quiet of the day
our breathing became deafening.
The stop/start of footsteps, of the engine,
of the windscreen wipers that cleared the glass.
You never looked back. And I don’t know what
you were thinking as I asked to stop
outside the school gates so that I could breathe.
The water in the leaves soaked
through my soles and I wondered how
we had ever got to this point.
Nothing is ever made good. You said
bright clothes, big smiles and the best party in
town. You wanted that song by Harold Melvin
and the Blue Notes for a laugh.
You only ever cried at the good things.
Sorry, I spoke but was unable to finish.
David Coldwell, b1970, is an artist, writer and public servant based in the South Pennines. David has enjoyed a varied career that has included roles as diverse as video producer, script writer, lecturer, project manager and landscape painter.
David’s poetry has been published in a number of journals and anthologies including The Rialto, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Ariadne’s Thread.
David is a regular contributor to Write Out Loud poetry performance nights. He lives in Marsden with his wife and three children.