Roger Dennis

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Roger DennisRoger Dennis

Writing as Roger Philip Dennis

 

Poetry

The poem "Corkscrew Hill Photo" won first place in the 2014 Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition, which had more than 13,000 entries that year.

 

 

Corkscrew Hill Photo

  

All afternoon she counts the sounds

until the fly-specked room crackles with silence.

Even the song thrush noteless. A thick drizzle  

trickles rivulets down the window pane, 

smears distance on fields, curtains-off hills 

and greens the sagged thatch,

aches in the creaking gate and screws

watering eye to misting glass:

a hearse skids slowly up the muddy lane

blurs in droplets on a spider-web

spins sideways into darkness….

….rattling cough of cattle, rusty tractor,

hinge of paint-peeled door, gears

of cars forced to back in one-track lanes,

buzz of pylons spanning the hum

of outboards in the yachtsmen’s creek,

yelp of kids in the converted Mill

the soft click-click of a camera-shutter 

up Corkscrew Hill….

The casement steams with sunset.  She picks herself

up off the floor, mouth dry as mourner’s grin.

Her arm reaches, shakes, reaches again

gathers the clattering jar from the shelf.

“Cider?”

The landlord frowns, sniffing cat,

moth-ball, mould.  She squares her back

on his fine view – the duck bob,

seagull clutter, gape of lime kiln.

“And a nip of lovage,” 

before he can point her

the off-licence hatch in the yard,

“to keep out the damp!” 

and smiles spittle.

Her flagon scrapes a scroll of varnish

the length of the bar’s stripped pine

past bleating townies, past the regular’s chair 

and the corner where the photographer

sits draining her valley 

through a tilted lens.

 

 

 

To find it with an accompanying filmpoem, judges' comments, and more details:

http://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/corkscrew-hill-photo/

 

It appeared in print in the Spring 2015 edition of the POETRY REVIEW

 https://poetrysociety.org.uk/publications-section/the-poetry-review/

 

 

Other Links: 

 

 Interview with Roger McGough on BBC Radio Four's "Front Row:"

 to an interview by Rebecca Gethin on her wordpress site:

 https://rebeccagethin.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/roger-dennis-national-poetry-competition-prize-winner-2014/