Madelaine Culver





through the flowers
white, on the water’s edge
the little boat will take you
to a headless woman
pale beneath the moonlight
arms outstretched



Madelaine Culver is a freelance writer and proofreader with a background in arts administration. Based in the North East of England, she is currently studying for an MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University. Twitter: @fromxthextower


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Vote for your September 2019 Pick of the Month

It feels like all of life is in the September 2019 shortlist for Pick of the Month: Birth, death, love, hate, the past and the future (or lack of it.) Can you feel time in Cliff Forshaw‘s ‘Ice’ slipping away or see the futility in ‘Brick By Brick’ (Brian Rihlmann)? Do Judi Walsh‘s ‘Stone’ and  Helen Kay‘s ‘NIMBY and the Supermoon 2018’ captivate or unnerve?  And where is Madelaine Culver going in ‘Run’? Is it towards or away from that envisioned in Setareh Ebrahimi’s ‘ Galloping Horses’?

All six works have been chosen by Helen or Kate or received the most attention on social media. They can be found below or by clicking on ‘Vote for your September 2019 Pick of the Month′ in the Categories list to your right on the screen.

Voting has now closed. The winning ‘Pick’ will be announced on Tuesday 22nd October at 4pm. 

The winner each month will be sent a £10 book giftcard or, if preferred, a donation of the same amount will be made to a chosen charity. In the event of the winner being from outside the UK mainland, we will make every effort to provide a reasonable alternative. All shortlisted poetry Picks, provided they remain unpublished and meet other eligibility criteria, will be considered as IS&T submissions for the annual Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. (‘Frequency Violet’ by Kate Edwards was a Pick of the Month for November 2017 and was Highly Commended by the 2018 judges.)

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