Letters from Home by Kerry Darbishire




Kerry Darbishire, songwriter and poet, grew up in the Lake District where she continues to live, find inspiration and write in a wild area of Cumbria. Her poems have appeared widely in anthologies and magazines and have won or been listed in several competitions, including the Bridport shortlist 2017, and the 2018 PBS Mslexia Poetry Competition. Her first poetry collection, A Lift of Wings, was published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams. A biography, Kay’s Ark, the story of her mother, was published in 2016 by Handstand Press. www.handstandpress.net.

Her second poetry collection, Sweet on my Tongue, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2018 and is a finalist in the Cumbria Culture Awards 2019. Kerry co-edited the new Handstand Press Cumbrian Poetry Anthology, This Place I know, and is currently working on a pamphlet and a new full collection.



















Letters from Home 


It’s not your news    

the willow-curve of your words

I wait for        but the space

between the lines


      clear taste


of the ghyll

her mouth-grey dawns     squall

of blackbirds     thrush and wren     echoing  

the leaf-scorched beck    


     her rain-on-rain September song


thrum of hooves

to shearing    dipping     cries of separation

banks of primrose      violets      lizards

storing summer warmth


      the pause


between dappled shade and tiny

dusty throats swallowing the moon

in love with her own gaze        her promise

to return on dead fern days


       that northern light 


falling between the lines

like winter from the sky



Kerry Darbishire


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