POEM Amanda Rackstraw

NWR Issue 119


A quiet night and all the world drawn
in as I turned off the carriageway
into the village and beheld, for beheld,
though archaic, is how it was,
this white bird corkscrewing down,
wrenching, wings thrashing
to snatch and turn around in a rise
of sinewed twists up to the height
of LED lamps and distant trees
to which prow-led she sailed:
clearly the head of an owl...

Amanda Rackstraw trained at RADA and worked as an actor until moving to Wales thirty-three years ago. After a degree followed by an MA at Cardiff, where she developed an interest in theory and the study of literature, she taught in schools and, from 2000, was a popular creative writing tutor at the Centre for Education and Professional Development, Cardiff University. Having recently moved on from formal teaching, she now concentrates on her own writing, as well as widening her reading. Always interested in new voices, she enjoys the vibrant writing and performance culture in Cardiff and in Bridgend, where she lives. Amanda has been published in Planet and Mslexia, and has won several prizes, including runner-up in the John Tripp and the Mslexia annual poetry competitions. She was recently longlisted in the National Poetry Competition. She is working on collating her poetry and shuffling life stories. She is seventy and still very much in the game.

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