POEM Rosie Shepperd

NWR Issue 101

My milkman comes from Sarajevo and has beautiful hands

and he leans against
the door frame and asks have I ever
read Wislawa Szymborska
He says I should not concern
myself with questions on the nature and
variation of translation
but hints that the Irish
have the best
the best ears in the business
for the swings and falls in cadence...

Rosie Shepperd’s poems have been published on both sides of the Atlantic. She was a winner in last year’s Poetry Business competition with her pamphlet That So-easy Thing, and her debut collection will be published by Seren Books. She lives in London and is studying for a PhD at the University of South Wales. ‘My milkman comes from Sarajevo and has beautiful hands’ won second prize in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition.

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