The 97th edition of The Frogmore Papers (spring 2021) has arrived early and subscribers and contributors should already have received their copies. The issue has a striking cover by Sussex-based artist Fergus Hare and includes the usual selection of poetry, prose, artwork and reviews.
Contributors include Phil Bowen, Vuyelwa Carlin, Kathryn Daszkiewicz, Chris Hardy, Gill McEvoy, Sarah Salway, Myra Schneider and Merryn Williams. Here are a couple of poems from the issue:
CURE FOR A DOPPELGANGER
There is a woman who, for almost a year
has lived my life; drinking my tea,
eating my meals; sleeping in my bed.
I follow her when she gets the bus
to go browsing in bookshops; stare
at her between the shelves.
I watch her through windows on
open mic nights
and when she does poetry readings
I stand listening in the corridor.
She just laughs and rushes to meet
my friends; embraces them,
joins them for coffee in crowded
cafés while I wait, at a distance.
I don’t care. Someday soon her crime
will be found out; and I know—
that will be the unmasking, of me.
When the young priest with dark eyes
suggested that Heaven was simply,
God’s space –
she felt she needed just a little more to go on –
the smell of lilies perhaps, a waxed floor,
white doves bearing billets-doux
from a pale bridegroom.
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