A top 15 winner of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016.


by Priya Bryant

I’m watching you as I pull
sand from my skin,
tiny studs who balk at their fate –
and I want you to move,
sift your hands through mine
as if we were easy that way.
the sea ticks out a drumbeat
and all my limbs stick in their sockets.
later we will climb the grimy walls
along with the ivy;
you will shrug your shoulders, tar-slow,
beneath a grinning yellow street lamp.
later I will whisper to you.
under the Spanish moon,
the things I would let you do to me.

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”.  Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally.  Today it has more than 4000 members worldwide and publishes The Poetry Review.

With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages.

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