Issue 18: Kerrin Sharpe
(Tom Raworth Memorial)

Black Mountain memorial sonnets

1  in translation

from the shadow

of the orange

tree an emperor

moth lands on

Tom's working desk

her eye-spots

the crazy paving

of glazed stamped

blue her wings

a full-length

mirror the moon

distant view is

rural how the

Black Mountains sing

2  windmill

the mill leans

against its neighbours

the front door

a window of

sails a pair

of tulle wings

a small square

of blue Tom

writes to set

up a pose

with water and

stone even in

her sleep the

swan hears him

3  Brighton

the stone that

holds Tom's door

is a vine-covered

open heart

on the table

a rough arrangement

of jugs

a Jesuit

with a gun

walks past

the house

his dog writes

the washing instructions

for this plate in Spanish

4  too late for whistling

and his claws

became leaves

his feathers

the sun

his colour

the moon

his wonder

the sand

of sky

his beak

the night

this day

his eyes

are branches

Kerrin P. Sharpe’s first book three days in a wishing well was published by Victoria University Press in 2012.  A group of her poems also appeared in 2013 in the UK publication Oxford Poets 13 (Carcanet).  A second book there’s a medical name for this was published by Victoria University Press in 2014.  Her third collection of poems, rabbit rabbit, written with the assistance of a Creative New Zealand grant, was published in July 2016, again by Victoria University Press. Kerrin has completed a fourth collection of poems, louder, which is currently with her publisher, Victoria University Press. Kerrin lives in Christchurch New Zealand and as well as writing herself, also teaches and mentors in creative writing.