Shepherds Law, Northumberland
By Pippa Little (UK), Featured in Issue 22.
Image courtesy of Liliana Perez (Mexico)
Pippa Little was born in Tanzania, raised in Scotland and now lives in Northumberland. She is the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, The Andrew Waterhouse Prize, The Biscuit International Poetry Prize and The Norman MacCaig Centenary Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Magma, Poetry Review, Orbis, Northwords Now, New Edinburgh Review and many other text journals and online; her work appears in several anthologies, including Oxford Poets 2010, The Captain’s Tower (Seren), Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt) and Soul Feathers (Indigo Dreams).
Her pamphlet The Spar Box (Vane Women, 2006) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Subsequent collections and pamphlets include Foray (Biscuit Press, 2009), The Snow Globe (Red Squirrel, 2011) and Overwintering (Oxford Poets/Carcanet, 2012).
Dusk and a full moon risen.
Candles rinsed by daylight
softly on the western side.
And the clock heart swells,
steady, clear drops,
source-water upon stone.
Over the dome curve
huffs and puffs to come in.
Mother of this place,
Mary Eileen Palmer,
pray for all souls travelling,
foot-weary, coming in from the far hills
to your floors sleek-skinned as a lake,
walls milk-white yet
the old dark lapping
luminous in the doorway
the soul already sent,
on unseen thread.
By Pippa Little, UK (Featured in Issue 1)
She looks at me, really looks,
Pippa Little lives in Northumberland, England, but was born in Tanzania of Scots parents. She has two collections of poetry, The Spar Box and Foray, with a third forthcoming from Oxford Poets/Carcanet in 2012. Winner of the Norman MacCaig Centenary Poetry Prize, an Eric Gregory Award, the Andrew Waterhouse Award and the Biscuit International Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She's proudest of her three sons, one of whom edits The Ofi!
If you are the site owner, please renew your premium subscription or contact support.