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That So-Easy Thing

That So-Easy Thing

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Winner of the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition.
Winner of the Ted Walter's/Liverpool University Prize.

"These poems have a real originality both in form and content — from sestina to surrealism, villanelle to vignette — and are erudite, well-travelled, witty and sexy."
Carol Ann Duffy

from 'Somewhere I read that a thought can be exaggerated, while an emotion cannot'

The chef at Suntory considers sea-bream for (maybe) ten seconds.
He selects Yellow-fin with absurd red flesh,
smiles at the silver scales;
the dark lines on her back
smile back.

You’re late and I flick through The Trib, spy a piece on fish scales.
They grow flat, only on skin;
in the lab they form prisms.
Beyond any meaningful depth,
3D is unnecessary and unhelpful.

It’s gone again, that so-easy thing we had for each other.

Rosie Shepperd's poems have been published in journals including The Seminary Ridge Review, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review and Magma. She is featured in the anthology Tokens for the Foundlings, published by Seren to benefit the Foundling Museum in London. She was a finalist in the inaugural Manchester Poetry Prize, in the 2010 Cinnamon Press award and the 2010 Templar Pamphlet Prize. She won the Ted Walter's/Liverpool University Prize in 2009.