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In the Air

Published in ‘Heath’  (Nine Arches Press, 2016)

How will you fare

up there in the air


starring

in the in-flight movie

of your life?


How will you fare

air-side


lightly-propelled

by your everyday pilot?


And when turbulence

rolls in

like a rolling pin


wielded

in a fist no angel clenched


to biff and bash

the plane

how will you fare?


Best not pluck

the thunder flower


as you spin

in the wheel of fortune


faring up there

in the air


alongside

cloud-canopy


and free-fall

of the heart


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Heath

By Penelope Shuttle and John Greening. Published by Nine Arches Press, 2016

Heathrow Airport landed, in the early 1940s, as if from outer space, on the ancient common land of

Hounslow Heath. In ‘Heath’ John Greening and Penelope Shuttle transcribe and review the conflicts

of modern life, of finding an equilibrium between the excitements of travel and the benefits of trade,

and the continuing desecration of the natural landscape. In addition there is a personal connection, as

both poets were born and raised within sight and sound of Heathrow Airport. As discussion continues

about the third runway, two poets move between Heathrow's past, present and future, as they cross

and re-cross the ‘Heath’.


‘Heath’ was launched at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2016 with a special reading by Penelope

and John Greening . To see the recording of this reading please click here.

Few things worse

than being taken ill on Hounslow Heath

son

as the runaway Bishop learned

and many a humbler soul

so keep the straight and narrow

boy

don’t stray from Hounslow’s long unlovely street

respect its Grove Road School ethos

(though few of the pupils

know their alphabet)

don’t footpad

the shadowy ways by the Crane

or ride the dark

of wildtrack and brake

where a bullet can find you -

heart or brain

anywhere anywhen -

between  Hounslow and Heston

Our town’s one dull street

won’t get you took ill

with the plaguey gunshot

fatal and fast - why run the risk?


The nuns who worked the Syon Cope

have all gone home to Lisbon -

that’s a safe distance from the Heath!

If Bishop Twysden

of Raphoe

had kept such faith

he’d be living in his Donegal living

to this day

son

Pedestrian Advice

Published in ‘Heath’  (Nine Arches Press, 2016)

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Penelope Shuttle’s new collection ‘Will You

Walk a Little Faster?’ published to celebrate

her 70th birthday on 12 May 2017.

Penelope Shuttle has made her home in Cornwall

since 1970 and the county’s mercurial weather and

rich history are continuing sources of inspiration.

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