Danielle Hope & David Perman

Mrs Uomo on Sheds

Mrs Uomo is watching her new neighbours
build a shed in their garden.
Not a shed really, more of a ranch house.
Three rooms thick. Blocking light, brooding
like Wagner’s shadow. To hide it
she will have to grow a poplar hedge.
Only, thinks Mrs Uomo, over breakfast tea,
it isn’t being built by them but by her father.
A wedding present. When the previous couple
moved in, her father ripped up the grass
at the front and laid bricks. Treacherous in ice
for Mrs Uomo’s wonky hip. They divorced

Danielle Hope performs on the London scene – contemporary and slam. In her latest collection she develops a new alter ego – who struggles to cope with everyday life such as booking appointments.

David Perman

The Long Grass
I think we long-grassed it’
Boris Johnson MP

Kicked into the long grass
goes the politician’s cliché ‒
confused whether he’s conceiving
of football or cricket
or an uneven playing field
on which the goal posts keep moving
or just even ‒a sticky wicket.

The real long grass is a sanctum
for field mice and beetles, where
snakes slither among ox-eye daisies
where Heath and High Brown Fritillaries
flutter free and rare, where
there’s every species on a summer’s day
except for the common tired cliché.

Though often known as a publisher, David’s publication of his own poetry began in 1997 with The Buildings from Acumen Publications and branched out into A Wasp on the Stair, from Rockingham (2004). His latest publication is Scrap-iron Words from Acumen Publications (2014).

Danielle and David will be running the
popular Festival Challenge at this year’s
Festival on Sunday, Ocotber 22nd.
Write a poem on a given subject and perform
it at the event.  Judged by the audience
with prizes for the best poems.