Winter 2005



Charles Johnson
Sixish by Newgale

An afternoon when gulls
& even jackdaws
purely for the hell of it
make kites of themselves
above the hillslope
on the door-wrenching
offshore wind
Fat hen reddens
the roadside hedge
where a hawthorn bride
cowers down from the wind
she yearns to leap and fly off with

Born in 1942 in Birmingham, England, at the turn of the century Charles Johnson accepted early retirement from a 35-year career in public libraries. He co-founded (with Jane Clarke) Flarestack Publishing to produce grass-roots poetry pamphlets and the quarterly new poetry magazine Obsessed With Pipework. Five Seasons Press was scheduled to publish his first full-length collection “The feather list extracts” in April 2005.



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