There is nothing elaborate in Sonya's poems. Each is carefully
crafted with a measured caution in the use of language, slowly
gathering a subtle, yet sensual air of emotional space and meaning.
Sonya was born in Bath, Somerset, studied Illustration at Falmouth
College of Arts and later, Creative Writing at Sussex University.
She spent a number of years as a playworker and magazine editor
and currently works with poetry and children. Sonya lives with her
partner and daughter in Lewes, East Sussex.
Sonya’s deliciously clever and subtle poems are as sensuous
as swans' feathers and sharp as barbed wire. This is poetry that
finds both delight and pain in the physical world, embracing
both frost and heat, the soft cheek and the hard bark.
old panic undressed
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ISBN 978 1 904551 59 1
Staying in your
From the tap,
I squeezed out water
you told me not to drink.
The soles of my feet
made miniscule shavings
on your floorboards.
I slid both hands
along a row of spines
on your father’s bookshelf
after the twists of my day
had ground into your sheets.
Over everything else
I left my gaze
and a fingerprint on the mirror.