Gill McEvoy

Masquerade

Let loose by sun on bevelled glass,
a circus of sequins and baubles
parades into my room:

troupes of clowns with tiny pots of paint
spatter the shadows with rainbows,
back-flip on the walls, daub the cupboard
with lozenges of reds and orange,
splatter the fridge in green and purple silks,
cover the dog in blue and violet spots.
Colours caper like goats on my arms and hands,
spider tightropes spin out silver threads,
strings of performing horses shake
their plumes of gold and green and indigo.

The sun moves on beyond the window,
the masquerade departs.
The cupboard resumes its dark sobriety,
shadows are shadows once again.

Only the fridge continues humming to itself,
remembering something quite remarkable.

Gill McEvoy has two pamphlets from HappenStance Press: Uncertain Days ( 2006) and A Sampler (2008). First collection The Plucking Shed (2010) from Cinnamon Press. Second collection Rise (2013), also Cinnamon Press. She runs several regular events in Chester: Zest! an open floor poetry night (the full team: Judy Ugonna, Leih Steggall and Angela Topping); the Poem Shed, a workshop group; the Golden Pear poetry reading group; and Poem Catchers, jointly with Judy Ugonna. She was previously Artistic Director for the spoken word section of Chester Literature Festival. She has appeared on Sky Arts TV, speaking about free verse as opposed to formal verse. Gill has given readings of her work in London, Sussex, Manchester, Liverpool, Richmond, York, Newtown, Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock, as well as locally. She also collaborates with singer Polly Bolton to produce ‘sung and read’ shows. She is a Hawthornden Fellow.

Gill McEvoy runs several regular events in Chester: Zest! an open floor poetry night; the Poem Shed, a workshop group; the Golden Pear poetry reading group; and Poem Catchers, jointly with Judy Ugonna. She was previously Artistic Director for the spoken word section of Chester Literature Festival. Gill has given readings of her work in London, Sussex, Manchester, Liverpool, Richmond, York, Newtown, Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Much Wenlock, as well as locally. She is a Hawthornden Fellow.