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MARIA ISAKOVA BENNETT

 

 

 

Maria’s poetry and reviews have been widely published in the UK and Ireland. She appeared in Eyewear’s anthology of The Best New British and Irish poets 2016, and wrote and performed 'The Ferry on the Mersey' in partnership with the BBC, as their Liverpool poet for the 2016 National Poetry Day festival. Maria has been highly commended in the Gregory O’ Donoghue Poetry Competition, shortlisted in the Munster Literature Chapbook Competition, and awarded first prize in the Ver Open Competition judged by Clare Pollard. Over the past year Maria has been shortlisted and placed in several International Poetry Competitions including Bridport, Wigtown and Mslexia. Maria works with poets Michael Brown, and Pauline Rowe on projects in galleries on Merseyside. Her pamphlet, Caveat, was published in Ireland by Poetry Bus. 

 

 

 

 

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Our family was silenced by secrets
shoved under cushions.

Handbags plump with papers
were clasped close.

My mother kept a wardrobe key
in the turned-up sleeve of her cardigan.   

On the top of a double-decker bus,
my father gave away Grandad’s journey: 

Russia to Liverpool, thousands of miles
to tug twine through Worsted in a workshop.

My father didn’t have his father’s name;
our surname is meaningless.

For loving Grandma, Grandad was disowned.
Lapels were torn. There are no records.

All that’s left: a TJ Hughes bag from 1969
twisted round tailoring shears, black and rusted;

a national insurance paper A6, beige,
creased, and stamped 1948; me;

and an unmarked grave –
section 1-1- 6 of the Jewish cemetery.  

 

 

©2017 Maria Isakova Bennett

 

 

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