Trees in winter

they know the recess
of winter, how
to retreat,
continue bereft of leaves,
without grief,
as though practising
the acts of dying;
seemingly supported
by freezing air,
frame the view
to the city;
fine adventitious roots,
like the repressed,
stretching way out beyond
the drip-line;
taproots strike
into the hiemal earth,
that deep
blue lake;
not yet the cessation
of things.

by Sharon Morris

‘Trees in winter’ is copyright © Sharon Morris, 2013, and reprinted from the book Gospel Oak, published by Enitharmon Books in 2013.

Notes from Enitharmon:

Sharon Morris was born in west Wales and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she is currently a senior lecturer. She has exhibited photography, film and video, and performed live artworks bringing together spoken text and projected images. Having completed a PhD in 2000 on the relation between words and images, referring to writer H.D. and artist Claude Cahun, she continues to write on semiotics, visual theory and poetics, for which she received a Leverhulme research fellowship in 2003. Her poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Tying the Song (Enitharmon, 2000), the first anthology from The Poetry School, and In the Company of Poets (Hearing Eye, 2003). John Haynes has described the poems in Gospel Oak, Sharon Morris’s new collection, as ‘lithe, fluent poems which typically begin here and now and end beyond it, whose delicate descriptions of nature often evoke a history as it were “under the ground”.’

You can read more about Gospel Oak at this page on Enitharmon’s website and from this interview with Sharon Morris in the Camden Review. Sharon Morris will be reading from her collection this Saturday March 30 from 7.30-9.30pm at The Shuffle at The Poetry Café, Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC1. More details can be found on The Shuffle’s Facebook page.

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