Titles by Adrienne Silcock

(one week on from 13th November 2015)


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if

whilst idly turning pages

in an anthology

absorbing titles and maybe

the shape of a poem,

though not the essence

or its density or detail,

or if,

whilst wandering through a gallery

gazing at the small print beside paintings –

the name, the date,

and passing the frame

with only the vaguest impression of colour,

blasted by the hurry of our own small needs,

but leaving behind

points of light, the point

of those magical brushstrokes,

wouldn’t it be wonderful if

we might come to understand

what it truly is

to be human, the complexities

and, perhaps, how we owe it to ourselves

to pause, to delve a little, to learn,

like now, thinking about

the world

and all its rage

and titles that say something

but are only a small indication of the whole

inclining us to prejudice:

Syria, Islam, Daesh,

Iraq, Refugee, Terror.


Adrienne published her first novel Vermin (Flambard) in 2000. Her second novel Controlling Aphrodite was shortlisted for the Virginia Prize 2009. The Kiss, her third novel, is available on kindle. Her poetry and stories have appeared in the small press magazines, including anthologiesMiracle and Clockwork (Other Poetry), The Clock Struck War(Mardibooks, 2014), and The Other Side of Sleep (Arachne Press, 2014). Her short stories appear on websites Penny Shorts and Cutalongstory and a world reader to aid international English teaching. In 2014 she published her first poetry pamphlet with Mudfog Press, Taking Responsibility for the Moon.  She currently teaches creative writing for York University Centre for Lifelong Learning.

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