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Standing in the Pizzicato Rain

Standing in the Pizzicato Rain

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A slim volume from the winner of the 2008 Listowel Writer's Week Poetry Competition.

"These poems, like the pizzicato rain of their title, are refreshing, musical and slightly strange. Georgina Eddison is joyfully serious about her themes: family, childhood, work, history, are captured in wonderfully warm, deft, light-filled poems. Her parents' hilariously sparring marriage, her Aunt May dancing naked in her room at fifty in an English suburb, Mrs Sonnix on her way to the pawnshop - the people never stay still. But this poet is more than a lucky onlooker, and from children in their bedrooms like mermaids 'singing, singing', to Anna Freud, to imagined fish in a surreal ocean, she has an unshakeable grasp of her poetic art which reinvents them all in language and imagery that are deceptively simple, bright and strong."
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

'The Poet's Bed'

I will make myself a bed, a four-poster,
The framework composed of the bones
Of dead poets, (e.g. Patrick Kavanagh's rib).
I will dress it with linen, exact as a sonnet,
Each sheet stretched tight as vellum,
Blue lines inked on it, with a nib
Sharp as a tooth. For my head, a pillow,
Maybe organza, embroidered with
A stanza or two: the coverlet
A patchwork of villanelle,
Edged all around with haiku.
I will lie among the metred drapes,
Free my mind from all that’s troubling
And spend my nights heroic coupling.

Georgina Eddison is a counsellor and psychotherapist. She lives in Kildare, Co. Wicklow. She has an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. She was the winner of the 2008 Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Competition for the poems in this slim volume. She has also been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award and was awarded first prize in poetry at the Dunlavin Arts Festival 2003. Her poems have appeared in, among others, The SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, Cyphers, and Broadsheet. She has also published several short stories and is currently working on a novel.