POEM Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

NWR Issue 102

Madder

To watch the spread of red
through muslin as the sloes twitch
in gin in your kitchen is to begin
to understand how colour
can dilute lunacy. By 1854,
the last year of my employment
at the Asylum, I’d started dyeing
my own clothes...


Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch’s ‘Madder’ is from a forthcoming pamphlet, Lime & Winter, to be published by Rack Press in spring 2014. It comes out of two projects, a Leverhulme textile residency at the National Wool Museum and the North Wales Mental Health Research Project based on the records of former Denbigh mental asylum detainees. Samantha’s latest collection is Banjo (Picador, 2012).

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