Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2020: The Coffin Club

Happy afternoons under the tin roof of HQ,

Sanding and sawing the ta-ra-boom-de-ay of our hearts.

Dowels, endgrain and radiata pine delight us,

Surfaces release topnotes of forest

Charged with our hands’ sweat. We’ve been made

Strong again by these ‘joyful epitaphs

In wood’. Handles get tapped-in Brasso-ed,

Then last of all we fetch and fold

Family linens, hand-sewn, heirloom,

So lying down to rest will smell of home.


The radio plays Cuando Cuando Cuando,

It’s time to fill Brown Betty, catch up on chat

And ailments: today there’s another gap around our table

But soon everything we love will be all around us.

Recording provided as part of Poetry Archive Now: Wordview 2020. Used by permission of the author.

Poetry Archive Now Wordview 2020 Winners

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Pippa Little

I have a third collection due out from Arc next year. I am a carer for my husband and have three grown up sons. I am a Royal Literary Fund Associate Fellow, run workshops, review, mentor, edit, and fundraise for refugees.


A special thank you to our WordView 2020 poets.

Chair of the Judging Panel, Imtiaz Dharker, says: “The hundreds of entries we received blew in to the Archive like a breath of pure, unpolluted air from all over the world, revealing something of the time we are living in, some telling it straight, some slant. It was exciting to check in to the Poetry Archive’s Youtube channel every morning and come upon one unexpected voice after another."

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