Clair Chilvers




The book of death

Each night I craft
the perfect poem
a device for sleep

or when I wake
in those dark hours
to find the world

a fearful place
I think of rhymes
and common measure

this morning
only a fragment
just the perfect title




Clair Chilvers was a cancer scientist. She started writing poetry at age 70. She lives in Gloucestershire and was inspired by UA Fanthorpe. Her work has been described as ‘powerful and moving’ by Anna Saunders founder of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

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