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This was a question I was recently asked to answer – on behalf of Wenlock Poetry Festival and their search for the second ever Shropshire Young Poet Laureate. It was one of several questions. The answers that I and other poetry lovers gave can be found on

Unfortunately I got somewhat carried away –  there wasn’t enough room for the selection of poems that I wanted to share with everyone. So here they are now (one at a time because technology is not letting me lay them out as it should !!!)… Thank you poets xx

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES for Shropshire Young Poet Laureate 2015 IS 5pm ON FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH 2015


The Hare    David Calcutt
The hare
As if dropped from air
Was suddenly there
On the road ahead.

It stood
A hare carved from wood
In the shape of a god.
In the morning’s light

Its fur burned bright
Ears erect, upright
A holy sight.
I could feel the heat

Of its body, the beat
Of its heart, the fleet-
ness of its feet
The depth-charge of its bone.

Then the sun
Rose like the barrel of a gun
And the hare was gone
Out across the field

With the world
At its heels.
It turned and wheeled
And on the breath of a prayer

Escaped into air.
© David Calcutt 2012 from Road Kill (Fair Acre Press). This poem is reproduced here with the kind permission of the poet.

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