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Crack In The Ice by Liz Atkin

Crack In The Ice by Liz Atkin

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Crack In The Ice by Liz Atkin

Poetry

Introduction

Here is a selection of poems, audio recordings, and visual images that we hope you enjoy. All music has been composed by Sandy Nuttgens.

All Poetry

Going To Maggie’s For The First Time

by Aoife Mannix

December 2, 2016

This poem is being read at Maggie's Oxford Carol Concert on December 8th at St Michael’s & All Angels Church Lonsdale Road, Summertown, OX2 7ES....

Coming Back

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

November 14, 2016

This poem was originally commissioned for National Poetry Day by the Forward Trust and Apples and Snakes in partnership with the BBC’s The Space. ...

What Survival Looks Like

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

So Sunday morning nearly three weeks after my mastectomy, we sit in bed and you point at my pyjama top saying ‘I want to see your boo boo.’ ...

Waiting

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

There are stages, gaps in knowledge. Question marks that catch in the throat....

Trolls

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

You paint yourself blue, all dinosaur prints and the worry of trolls eating farmyard goats....

Transformers

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

It turns out that true love is looking up at the stars at five in the morning...

Prosthesis

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

I have not felt lighter so am doubtful when she says it will give you a greater sense of balance before slipping the silicon into a white bra...

Not Letting Go

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

There’s been a plane crash and I am one of the survivors who make camps on a sheet of ice, Antarctica perhaps....

Not Cancer

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

Just the possibility of an invasion. Soldiers on the border of surgery with their radiant smiles and bright green skin....

Different Worlds

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

Last night you discovered how to use the remote control, switching over to Killing Me Softly and dancing on the sofa...

Birthdays in November

by Aoife Mannix, Sound/Music by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

Fireworks in the garden burst into shooting stars in awe at the red blue green rockets of just turned three year olds...

Best Not To Think About It

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 14, 2016

There is that quiet when I am awake and the house is sleeping. A strange pause before the day opens its doors to lost shoes and unwanted socks. Like holding my breath. Like drowning....

Best Medicine

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 6, 2016

Yesterday I felt a bit rattled by all that has happened and perhaps it’s the drugs or the lack of sleep, but I suddenly didn’t seem to be doing as well as I thought I was....

After The Op

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 6, 2016

I wake to the silence of home. No beeps, no distant voices in corridors, no professional footsteps. Just the deep quiet of the countryside, which unnerved me when we first moved to the middle of nowhere, but now feels...

Vows

by Aoife Mannix, Music/Sound by Sandy Nuttgens

October 6, 2016

There is less of me than before. Pieces missing, thin strips of tape I peel off carefully, a scar that sweeps across emptiness. We were so full of holiday plans, timetables, organising collections, meeting deadlines, rushing, running, shouting hurry, hurry. ...