Geraldine Green – Razor Wired

Razor Wired, a Found Poem

“The thousands of orange lifejackets
that once lined the shores
have been cleared away.
The beaches are back to normal.
But make no mistake: Lesbos
is not quiet and tidy because
people have stopped fleeing war.
Instead, the men, women
and children 
who risked everything on
rubber boats 
are now detained
behind fences, 
far from European eyes
on the other side of the coast, 
in a black hole.
I could have never imagined
that children, pregnant women,
the elderly, most fleeing war,
would have been fenced in
by razor wire
with the gates closed,
on European soil.
And I cannot find
an acceptable explanation
for why Europe
is allowing this
to happen. ”

— Federica Zamatto, MSF Medical Coordinator for Migration Programmes 15 April 2016

scribed by Geraldine Green 19.4.2016


“Geraldine Green’s poems are alert to landscape, seasons, rootedness that draws from deep aquifers of language, change that flits like cloud shadows across the page. Some seemed light as thistle heads but proved enduringly strong, rich with seed. As I read, I almost expected goldfinches to feed alongside me with their otherworldly attentiveness. But that attentiveness was all hers.” – Graham Mort

Writer-in-Residence Brantwood
Assistant Editor Poetry Bay

Salt Road (pub. by Indigo Dreams)

“Geraldine Green’s passion for and knowledge of the natural world and its spiritual energies has its roots and takes its cue from home ground, her native Cumbria.  She has noted her long and deep connection with Cumbria. She draws inspiration from light over water, tidal energy, the intent of the land combined with rich tellings of family and local memory.  But her poems and prose-poems also travel the roads and the seas:  from Cumbria to Kansas, New Mexico, Spain, Greece, New York, Skye and Turkey.

This poet takes her place in contemporary poetry with work that shines with joy in and respect for language.  The vitality of life’s many experiences are evoked here with all the senses.”

Penelope Shuttle

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