Poem of the week: ‘Aunt Agatha’s Oils’
A new work by Paula Cunningham
Paula Cunningham reads one of her poems
In the stables at May Cottage
she had always several paintings on the go.
You’d visit on a Saturday, steal in to see, suggested
on her easel, another study, foliage as backdrop, petals
smudged along the bough above his massive blank
untethered eyeless head.
Returning on the Friday it was plain
that she had worked at it all week –
at twelve you saw the hames we make
by making things more true.
Paula Cunningham’s books, A Dog called Chance and Heimlich’s Manoeuvre, are both from Smith/Doorstop. The latter was shortlisted for the Fenton-Aldeburgh, Seamus Heaney Centre, and Strong Shine First Collection Prizes.