Steve Urwin

Bright Sunlight


back home to bright sunlight in the bedroom

the single mattresses of the makeshift double bed

still on the floor an empty luggage case

too small for all my black laundry


on the ash desk a tiny piece of cloth

the pale blue olive green and deep purple

from the left-leg hem of your patchwork juggling pants

worn on Tuesday when you were here play-hiding

behind an upright mattress in your duvet den 

the photos catching you at your happiest

and you liking them enough for Facebook


thank you for the week we shared

the food   the fun   the walks and the poetry

so good to see your ‘good mood’ status update

so good to see you giggle and smile   my lovely


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Steve urwin Garlic Dodger 1Steve Urwin was born in 1970 in Consett, County Durham where he still lives. Diarist, editor, publisher, poet, his work has appeared in magazines such as Fire, Open Wide, Other Poetry, Sand, Smiths Knoll and Tears in the Fence and has been broadcast on BBC Radio. His debut full-length poetry collection “Tightrope Walker” was published by Redbeck Press in 2001. Steve is a widely respected spoken word performer throughout the North East of England. He is the 2008 Bare Knuckle Poetry Slam Champion, 2008 Northern Lines Poetry Slam Champion and 2011 Middlesbrough Intro Festival Spoken Word Stage Slam Champion. His second poetry collection Hypomaniac, published by Red Squirrel Press in 2009, was September Book of the Month in North East cultural listings magazine The Crack. His latest book Shades of Grey was published in October 2011 by Red Squirrel Press. Steve works as a creative writing facilitator – mainly within mental health settings – and runs Talking Pen, organising live literature events and publishing limited edition monographs and pamphlets. He hosts the monthly Writers’ Open Mic Night at Lamplight Arts Centre in Stanley, County Durham; and Poetry Jam at Waddington Street Centre in Durham City. Steve likes mountain biking, black clothing and bleak music.

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