Two poems by John Wheway

    The Greatcoat My grandmother leaves me a greatcoat made from piano parts – keys stitched in rows like the feathers and wolves’ teeth of a chieftain’s ceremonial mantle. I don’t feel worthy to carry it on my shoulders. Is this Grandma’s reproach for my shirking remote scales and Czerny? But when I fasten the felt-hammer toggles across my chest, late Beethoven cascades from … Continue reading Two poems by John Wheway

Two poems by William Bedford

Two poems i.m. Florence Winifred Bedford 20.10.1915 – 09.09.2008   Early Arrival She came a mite early by the calendar, fuelling gossip and glee in spiteful eyes, an autumn surprise for court fourteen in rack-rent Brightside’s cuts and ginnels. The landlord thrived on stolen lives. But the horses she saw pulled carts of flowers, and early morning milk hot from the cow. The neighbours jeered … Continue reading Two poems by William Bedford