Here is a collection of poems – about Stinging Nettles.
Monies from each ebook sold will be donated to Plantlife.
Includes poems by commissioned poets: David Calcutt, Andrew Fusek Peters, Nadia Kingsley, Liz Lefroy, Emma Purshouse, and John Siddique.
Also poems from: Deb Alma, Jean Atkin, Carole Bromley, Tina Cole, Linda Goulden, Jan Harris, Steve Harris, Angi Holden, Janet Jenkins, Chris Kinsey, Sharon Larkin, Patricia Leighton, Mandy Mcdonald, Alwyn Marriage, Rosie Mapplebeck, Gillian Mellor, Nicky Phillips, Pauline Prior-Pitt, Antoinette Rock, Helen Seys Llewellyn, Sophie Starkey, Claire Stephenson, Giles Turnbull, and Deborah Wargate.
A Sample Poem:
Nettles Liz Lefroy
Let’s talk about the colour of the comfort of soup,
its peculiar intensity of green: let’s contain here
the abundance of this runaway weed,
the wilt of what grows more easily than spinach;
let’s remember the wartime-you gloved-up
to pick nine handfuls of what could not easily
be bought (food, that is), watching your mother
transform it like another miracle;
let’s set these things against the needles of sting,
the memories of acids brushed into our legs
when climbing stiles in optimistic shorts,
when edging into ditches to avoid traffic:
those blistered rashes we’ve tried to soothe with dock.
Let’s rub leaf on leaf to find what’s left, on balance.
Book cover design by Peter Tinkler
Book edited by Nadia Kingsley
Part of the Maligned Species project