POEM Joseph Pardoe

NWR Issue 106

Our Cat Brought Home a Starling

Our cat brought home a starling
And left it limp
though still just about alive and twitching,
Upon our welcome mat
It must have been some great sport
that led to its ragged and ruined
State of near-death...

Joseph Pardoe is the winner of the 19–25 category of the Prologue to an Adventure international competition, 2014. Prologue to an Adventure was devised as part of the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations, Developing Dylan 100, for writers between seven and twenty-five. This oldest age category was co-selected by Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, and Gwen Davies.

Want to read the full article? Go to our online shop where you can buy an individual issue or take out a subscription to NWR, saving £3.98 on the cover price. Prices start at £16.99 for three issues via Direct Debit, including p+p (UK only).


previous poem: Octopus
next poem: The Chorus


A brief note on copyright:all authors have given permission for their work to appear online on New Welsh Review's website. Copyright remains with the author. If you wish to reproduce part or all of any article then the permission of the author must be sought, and the author and New Welsh Review credited accordingly.

Contact us:Registered Office PO Box 170, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1WZ - Telephone 00 (44) 1970 628410 admin@newwelshreview.com
© New Welsh Review Ltd, all rights reserved - Registered in England and Wales - Registered number: 02493828
Website design: mach2media and mopublications      Website development: Technoleg Taliesin Cyf.