POEM The Street of the Dried Seafood Shops, Sheung Wan

NWR Issue 102

Judy Brown

Whole seas had their brine boiled off
to fill this sweating mile with desiccated stuff.

Here are plastic-lined boxes of merchandise:
all this tissue scraped from life’s float, and dried

to filigree...


Judy Brown's first collection, Loudness (Seren 2011), was shortlisted for the 2011 Forward/Felix Dennis and 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh first collection prizes. She is currently Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust, at Dove Cottage in Grasmere; a pamphlet from the residency will be published by the Trust in December 2013. In 2010, she received the Manchester Poetry Prize.

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