poemof the moment
Turned seventy, and not wanting To waste the days left, half-asleep, I’m stocking the shelves of a larder.
about the poem
This poem features in a new anthology of poems – Second Wind, number 9 in the Saltire Society’s pamphlet series. Douglas Dunn, Vicki Feaver and Diana Hendry have all contributed a series of poems to the volume, as part of a special ‘Late Style’ artist commission supported by The Baring Foundation. Second Wind launches on 15 October and can be pre-ordered from the SPL shop at the special price of £5.
Image: Larder by Wendy House, under a Creative Commons licence
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This poem makes me want to take time to savour the fine-detail of the sights, smells, tastes and sounds around me and carefully curate the best ones within my own memory-larder. It’s also a welcome reminder that many moments of beauty can be unanticipated, simple and quiet amidst the rush. If you’d like to explore more Second Wind poems, tickets are still available for am event in Aberdeen on (26 Oct) and for reading groups (7 Nov).
Vicki Feaver was born in Nottingham in 1943. She retired as Professor of Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2000 and moved with her husband to Dunsyre, inn South Lanarkshire. She has published three collections of poetry. The Handless Maiden (1994) was awarded a Heinemann Prize and shortlisted for the Forward Prize. The Book of Blood (2006) was shortlisted for both the Costa and Forward Prizes. Her poem ‘Judith’ won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.