Agnes Marton & Captain Fly’s Bucket List

The new Featured Writer is Agnes Marton with her wonderful new poetry collection Captain Fly’s Bucket List.  I think it’s funny  how we end up ‘meeting’ each other these days!  I first ‘met’ Agnes Marton in this lovely anthology because  it included one of my mermaid poems (not 6 though!).

And then I met her in the pages of Blue Shift when she wrote a poem in response to a delicate piece of paper-art work by Lizanne van Essen called Wolf Moon which was in response to my poem Wolf Moon!  We are all handing ideas and words and creativity along to each other.  Amazing!  Blue Shift is the brain child of Karen Dennison who was featured on here a while ago, in case you don’t know and is a chain of responses between art and poetry.

I love Agnes’ poems for their free-spirit, their inventive and quirky word-play and their witty approach to the big subjects which is always head-on. Captain Fly is a fly who meets a wild array of phantasmagorical creatures such as mermaids, monsters, squids, rattlesnakes etc and on the way he philosophises and counsels.  The imagery is startling and the poems are full of vim.  She’ll make you see things differently.

Seven of these poems were set to music and played in London.  You can read about that here,   There’s more about Agnes here

I will just give you some examples of striking snippets:  from ‘Being an Iguana’

Humans want to own a monster
but it must be kept
weak as they are.

From ‘Adventurescope’

The map has gone,
slow dragons
the only scale.


But really you have to read the poems whole so here is one:

Witch to Mermaid

 You’d prefer legs to your tail, pretty steps,
so that you could joyskip (even if on knives)
with the prince of the unknown?
Right, silly, but I want your voice in exchange,
I want the amber windows of your past,
lanterns, fireflies.
Wait and see…
with no tears, no hope for the infinite,
would you sneak back
or would you think it was worthwhile?

And lastly here are my favourite lines which come  from ‘Wakewalker, Naked’ which is on the Featured Writer page –

You should go now,
learn how to touch the human skin;
how to wear yours,
without shame, wide awake.


About Rebecca Gethin

Rebecca Gethin is a poet and a novelist. Cinnamon Press published her third collection, All the Time in the World in 2017. Another pamphlet is forthcoming with Three Drops Press. Her second novel, What the horses heard, was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2014. Her second poetry collection - A Handful of Water - was published by Cinnamon in 2013. Her first - River is the Plural of Rain - was published by Oversteps Books in 2009. Her novel Liar Dice won the Cinnamon Press Novel Writing Award in 2010 and was published in 2011. She lives on Dartmoor and writes occasional pieces about wildlife and nature. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines and in several anthologies.
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One Response to Agnes Marton & Captain Fly’s Bucket List

  1. E.E. Nobbs says:

    Excellent post. Excellent book. I have a copy and recommend it highly!!

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