Jump to content
Honno Women's Press Logo - 30 years! ?lang=cy

great books, great writing, great women

|home|about|catalogue|news|events|information for writers|press|trade|contact us


Have you read...?

Clawr | Cover

The White Camellia
Juliet Greenwood


More information


tel|Ffn 01970 623150

Poem of the Month - May 2014

Seaside theatre, end of season by Vanessa Gebbie

Seaside theatre, end of season
After 'Untitled (Living Sculpture)' by Merisa Merz

To the front of the dim stage
the caretaker comes, metallic knees
in protest against the years,
watched only by a wire hanging
from an unmanned gantry.
In a dressing room he found The Tin Man
thrown over a stool,
pearly face-paint abandoned near a fly-specked glass.

The tin caretaker sings until the place
is filled with echoes, until it's time
to lock the doors and post the key back through.
He sings to a painted sky he cannot see, but knows is there.
All the while this emptiness in his chest,
where his heart used to be.
It's absence, like rust,
holding the shape of that which is lost.

Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie's first anthology prose publication was in the Honno's Safe World Gone (Ed Janet Thomas and Patricia Duncker, 2007).

Her poem Immensi tremor oceani won the 2013 Troubadour Prize. That and other poems first published in Envoi, Abridged, Ink, Sweat and Tears and the Ver Poets prize-winners anthology appear in her debut pamphlet The Half-life of Fathers (Pighog) - reviewed here by The Inflectionist: http://theinflectionist.com/2014/01/12/vanessa-gebbie-the-half-life-of-fathers-a-poetry-review/. She is also author of two collections of short fiction (Salt Publishing 2008/10), a novel (Bloomsbury 2011), and is contributing editor of the text book Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Editions 1 and 2, Salt 2009/13). www.vanessagebbie.com @vanessagebbie

Your basket is empty
view basket
GWALES.com  |  Your privacy  |  Sitemap
Site content copyright © Honno 2006-2010  |  Website design by mach2media and Technoleg Taliesin