Rachel Gippetti is the new Featured Writer. Her first collection, Birthright, has just been published by Eyewear. These poems, as you will see for yourself, are full of verve while also being understated and distinctly edgy: something altogether darker always seems to lie beneath the surface. Highly accomplished poems that ring like a bell with the sense of their truths and whose endings have unexpected and revealing bite. I was really blown away by her poem (on the Featured Writer page), Uniforms, which leads you along a train of thought and ends so unexpectedly, bringing you out into a far wider universe. You need to read the whole thing!
Here is a stunning extract from the end of I’m grateful I hate this
pour the full moon
over my head SPLASH
I hang upside down
while you rub my back
SMACK I’m reminded
some feel lucky
on a leaking raft
And here is another poem of hers that I found on-line.
A Plot to Put Him Out of His Misery
Here from the balcony
I see you in the cacti: camouflaged, bristling,
drowning in the sprinkler system.
To think I wouldn’t see you here.
I feel guilty—I mean, sun burnt.
I will let you use my snorkel.
Beautiful water, blue like drain cleaner.
Be wary, the mask leaks.
Use caution, the coral stings.
I tousle your sandy curls.
You swallow your bubbles.
I hold you under.
There is another poem of hers here . http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/plymouth-poetry-pupate-rachel-gippetti/story-27991019-detail/story.html
Rachel has an MA in Creative Writing from Plymouth University, plays in a band called Booby Trap and works at Plymouth College of Art. She has also written children’s books and I found one called Time Travelling Train: On the Tamar Valley Line which is an amazing journey through time in the Plymouth area.
So…if you are looking for someone new to give a reading, I’d suggest Rachel!
And why not just buy her wonderful new book here?