At the supermarket's meat counter, they sell ropes. Yellow and blue. Things we need when weather turns bad. One could never be sure when the boat needs tying off to a cleat. At checkout, we talk of hurricane Ursula. It was in the news, it is now by the docks. My bottled green sea is resting on shelves. Across the isle, a woman looks out. Trains deliver milk and morning newspapers; at the end of his shift, a night watchman lights a cigarette watching umbrellas running to shelter. He has nowhere else. His children sent him a blank telegram. Monochrome winds, he thinks. Time to repair, to build. The house he was born in no longer exists. © Maria Stadnicka 2021 From Somnia (2020) published by the Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, edited by Alec Newman. Cover image - artwork © Mark Mawer The book is available here and here.
I figure out that if you live by water and feel hungry, it takes an afternoon of chewing yesterday’s leftovers to feel mud on your tongue. And if a passer-by gives you a bad apple, you ought to be thankful, appreciate what you’ve got, watching others dying of starvation. But when you hear that the well-wisher was God, which happened to be running late for a meeting in the nearby mansion, you wish you had spat the rotting fruit back at Him. God could have done better. By then it is too late. The meeting He was rushing to would be running on and on for years. For as long as your lifetime.
© Maria Stadnicka, May 2020
‘Water Sequence’ poem © Maria Stadnicka, 2020
The poem ‘Water Sequence’ features in the latest collection ‘Somnia’ published by the Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, United Kingdom and it is officially released today.
Cover art work © Mark Mawer, 2019
Photography: © John Stadnicki, 2020
Original music ‘Vide Cor Meum’ © Patrick Cassidy and Hans Zimmer for ‘Hannibal’ (2001).
‘Somnia’ was launched last night at the Museum in the Park, the Pavilion Garden Room. Beautiful photography from Nikoletta Monyok and it has been a joy to share the evening with the gifted writers Caroline Shaw, David Clarke, Adam Horovitz and Philip Rush. Thank you Uta Baldauf for a memorable performance, and to Caroline Rush, Philip Rush and Fred Chance for making the launch possible. Thank you for the generosity of our host, The Museum in the Park, to painter Mark Mawer for his artwork, Alec Newman and The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. It felt so special because there were so many people who attended, despite the bleak and windy weather on a Thursday evening. ‘Somnia’ THANKS YOU!📖
Photography: © Nikoletta Monyok 2019
Cover art: © Mark Mawer 2019
Publisher: Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, UK
Editor: Alec Newman
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