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Jayne Stanton lives, writes and works in Leicestershire, UK. She is a poet and primary school teacher. Her poems are published or forthcoming in The Journal, Under the Radar (Nine Arches Press), Staple, Hearing Voices (Crystal Clear Creators), Danse Macabre Du Jour and others. She is a regular reader at poetry open mic events across the Midlands, UK. She has featured on The Reading Room Live for Lincoln Book Festival 2011 and in Cork and Limerick as part of O'Bheal's Twin Cities Poetry Exchange 2012. She is working towards a first collection.


 

 

 

 

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Sin É

 

We steam on barstools

read between slogans on a plastered ceiling

tune to the cuts and grace notes in banter

binge on ambience, high on E minor.

 

Coburg Street, past midnight, soaks

in sodium light. Rain beats time

on bodhran umbrellas, my spine

a river of running quavers that stick

to the soles of my sensible shoes

so I high-step the home stretch. 

 

Framed in doorways on Wellington Road

crinoline ghosts wear mirrored skirts

that flirt with moonlight. 

Guest house stairs are in rising fifths

my top floor room, a tall ship, exploring

the lilt in the Lee’s liquid fingers.

 

©2013 Jayne Stanton

 

Judge's Statement

The local also has its bragging rights and the poet in ‘Sin É’ has binged ‘on ambience, high on E minor.’ This brief lyric is a double description, of a poet’s late night progress through the wet Cork streets and of music’s slow progress through the poet’s sensitised imagination. Rising to her attic room on Wellington Road, the poet sees a ship on the Lee, a maritime movement that seems like liquid fingers playing a local music. This is a perfect, short lyric, that exists at a number of levels.

 

 

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