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Everything Must Go
Eileen swings her legs off the bed, wobbles upright.
I’m impressed with her flair for the vertical. She stuffs
her drainage bottle into an Asda carrier bag and croaks
I’m off for some fresh air,
voice husky from the 40-a-day habit
she maintains in the hospital car park.
That afternoon, I escape
in a taxi. Two weeks parole for good behaviour.
The boundary wall is crowded with women
fluffed up in battered dressing-gowns, cheeks collapsed
around sticky filter-tips. Eileen spots me, waves
the red stoplight of her cigarette.
From the collection Everything Must Go which can be bought from this website.
The very first London reading from Everything Must Go took place during our Christmas Party on 19 December at the Poetry Cafe.
Number of pages: 51
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What was said about Everything Must Go‘Wow. Everything Must Go is breath-taking in its laid-bare honesty.
it’s heart-breaking but Rosie is so strong in her poems
Quite stunning and brought a tear to my eye’ - Lynsey Evans on Book a Poet
‘Packed, Personal and Punchy... there is an accessibility here that makes this work universal... an economy of style rich in imagery and layers of meaning’ - review by Charles on Amazon.
‘Many of us are ostriches, and will shrink from reading her poems because we know it can’t happen to us, but those who are fighting a serious illness may get great comfort from them.’ Merryn Williams on London Grip
‘Everything Must Go, takes the reader on her journey of facing the ultimate deadline.’ Ysabel de la Rosa on her blog Getting Along with Grief
‘Poetry about a serious matter that contains all the playfulness of language and form that make poems worth reading… this is what stays with you long after the final page is closed.’ Ariadne's Thread
‘Another memorable poem is a letter to her hair, and how her expectation of losing it suddenly is belied by the fact of it lingering to the point of annoyance.’ - Zach Hudson on his New Poetry Review blog