A winner of the Members' Poems competition in the winter issue of Poetry News, in which members were asked to write a response to a Shakespearean sonnet. The competition was judged by A.E. Stallings.

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    [post_content] => A summer’s day? In England?
You’re prettier and softer.
Rough winds shake the hawthorn
And summer rental is all too short-term.

Hot days get on your nerves:
Look twice, your tan has disappeared.
And even Juliet has to give you a reduction
After she’s been a few rounds.

But your face has durability:
This document gives you freehold lux perpetua.
It’s no good Mr Death brandishing his umbrella,
I’ve plotted growth against time in permanent ink.

Mankind can be wiped out or blindfolded
But the blogosphere is undeletable, darling.

In response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
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            [content] => Miles Burrows was born in Leicester and studied Classics and Medicine at Oxford. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, PN Review, Times Literary Supplement and Ambit, and in the anthologies British Poetry since 1945 (Penguin) and Best British Poems of 2015 (Salt).
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A summer’s day…

by Miles Burrows

A summer’s day? In England?
You’re prettier and softer.
Rough winds shake the hawthorn
And summer rental is all too short-term.

Hot days get on your nerves:
Look twice, your tan has disappeared.
And even Juliet has to give you a reduction
After she’s been a few rounds.

But your face has durability:
This document gives you freehold lux perpetua.
It’s no good Mr Death brandishing his umbrella,
I’ve plotted growth against time in permanent ink.

Mankind can be wiped out or blindfolded
But the blogosphere is undeletable, darling.

In response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

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