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The Impact of Limited Time
Indigo Dreams Collection Competition 2019
The poems in this prize-winning collection explore how the past exists alongside the present, from childhood to childbirth and from death to rebirth.
Some of these poems create a voice for those who have not been able to speak for themselves in history (including the housemaid of the baker on Pudding Lane and Pre-Raphaelite muse Lizzie Siddal).
From an invasive hospital procedure to the loneliness of single-parenthood, these narrators find beauty in the moment and within the context of their limited time.
First the kids lined up outside.
Their silent vigil lasted
and their parents’ eyes
tracked us like searchlights
through the boredom of their summer
when subtlety cracks like a river bed.
Our garden became
an ashtray, a dogs’ toilet.
We woke to eggshells
splayed across the path,
sprayed in fat red lettering.
On the bus, a girl gobbed
in my pigtails,
held a lighter to my coat.
It raged that autumn –
rising with the school-term:
a conflagration of hatred.
So we plough each week
into a furrow of the past.
Do you feel that dull insistence?
tugging at your substance
like a thread
spooling from the wheel
Kitty Donnelly is an MA student at Manchester Writing School and has degrees in English and Mental Health Nursing. She has worked in mental health services for many years.
Her poems have been published in magazines and journals including Acumen, Mslexia, Quadrant and The New Welsh Review.
In 2019, she received a Creative Future Award and was commended in the McLellan Poetry Competition.
This, her debut collection. was a joint winner of The Indigo Dreams Collection Competition 2019.
Kitty lives in West Yorkshire with her husband and daughter, terrier Zip and cat Pepper.