Writings and Witterings



'Blue Tit'  photo by Mike Boyes

‘Blue Tit’
photo by Mike Boyes

‘T·see, t·see, t·see.’
With his blue cap
and proud yellow chest,
on his back
a bright green vest,
upside down
on round bird feeder
–acrobatic little tweeter–

Polly Robinson 2014


This gorgeous photo by Mike Boyes reminded me of my poem – originally published in 2013 – it’s had a bit of a polish since then ;)

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Have you got yours yet?

Last minute gifts? Girl’s Got Rhythm is available direct from Black Pear Press, get yours via PayPal, if you’re in the UK:


for those overseas:


or from Amazon

There are just two copies of Chatterton left—only available direct from Black Pear Press–this could be your last chance…


GGR BPP Front Cover

Chatterton Front Cover


All The Girls And Boys

Lips to lips, smooth as satin,
squash against teeth;
mouths open
tentative tongues touch and retreat.
Hands cup and curl on earlobes, creep
to cradle napes of necks;
that feeling spirals upwards like smoke.
Eye to eye: should they be closed?
Hair is stroked, soft curls spring
under searching fingers.
‘Morningtown Ride,’
—innocence and sunshine.
Train whistles,
not beneath blankets
but on the sofa.
Mum and Dad are out.

Polly Robinson © 2014


Candles And Splinters

Apples stacked
on racks Father made;
wooden, tough, splintery, like Mother.

The cellar doors creak,
a cast latch speaks
with a clatter as the doors shut fast.

My hands search for matches–forbidden matches–
and candles–forbidden candles–
a saucer to catch the wax.

The scent of apples, gift-wrapped in old newspaper,
blend with candle cologne.
I breathe the clagging coal dust

in the darkness of the cellar.
A dozen steps down
from the sliver of a frown,

on the brow of a peevish mother,
her ire aimed at me
for climbing the ancient oak tree.

‘Not ladylike,’ she said,
–raised her arm–I ran–
‘Come back!’

I’m caught in a soft candle glow.

Polly Robinson © 2014


Edwin Stockdale – Aventurine

I’ve just got my copy of Aventurine and thought you’d like to know about it.

A buddy at The Hurst on an Arvon residential course this year, Edwin Stockdale, has published his elegant pamphlet via Red Squirrel Press. We’re plunged into the 19th century entering the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte as Edwin picks up strands of the novels and unravels them in the most sublime poetry. There’s a poem called ‘Jane Austen’s House’ which is spookily beautiful. If you’re searching for a Christmas gift, this one would be welcomed. As would a copy of Girl’s Got Rhythm, my own collection of poems. Links below.

This link will take you to the Red Squirrel Press catalogue page, scroll down to find Edwin’s book.

Girl’s Got Rhythm is available from Black Pear Press and there are just two copies of Chatterton remaining.