POEM Katherine Stansfield

NWR Issue 111

Message in a Bottle Found at Tan-Y-Bwlch, Aberystwyth

I write this from [illegible]. Tell me, where are you from? Is it where you
stand, reading this? Good. Yes. Did my bottle beach on sand? Stones are
better. Stones don’t hitch a ride at the end of the day, unless you weight
your pockets down.

I write this from [illegible]. Tell me, where are you from? Is it the moor?
Good. Yes. The marsh there would have taken my bottle, staved in the
glass and filched my letter with its peaty tongue. Gorse is better. Gorse
lacks such covetousness.

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Katherine Stansfield’s debut poetry collection, Playing House, was published by Seren in 2014. She is also a novelist: Parthian published The Visitor in 2013. In 2015 she was awarded a writer’s bursary by Literature Wales to complete her second poetry collection.


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