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07 November 2008

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Shoreditch Orchid - preview

Peter Daniels’ Arvon International Poetry Award-winning poem. Peter, of Stoke Newington Local Meeting, also won the Ted Hughes Environmental Poetry Prize

They’re grubbing up the old modern

rusty concrete lampposts,

with a special orange grab

on a fixture removal unit


  • The planters come up behind

    with new old lampposts in lamppost green,

    and bury each root in a freshly-dug hole


  • The bus can’t get past, brooding in vibrations


  • We’re stuck at the half-refurbished

    late-Georgian crescent of handbag wholesalers


  • The window won’t open
  • The man behind me

    whistles ‘What a Wonderful World’,

    and I think to myself:

    Peter Daniels

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