Susan Ashdown

Rookie (28/01/1954 / East Sussex, England)

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I started writing poetry and short stories in my late forties. I find it fun, and therapeutic too.
I grew up surrounded by books, and they are still my constant love.

I have one published poem in an anthology entitled, 'Still Life'. The publisher is United Press Ltd.
Some of my work also appears on the 1066 Art Gallery website: www.1066artgallery.co.uk more »

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  • Michael Shepherd (2/21/2005 9:29:00 AM)

    Susan, your poems seem to me to show a real poetic talent. But reading 'Be Lucky', there's something I can't quite put my finger on. It's to do with presenting a poem to the public without calling - consciously or unconsciously - for sympathy; which such a poem would arouse naturally. The old phrase 'trespassing on someone's sympathy' is a rather harsh expression of this. It's something to do with poetic self-containment. The Chinese are so good at this!
    I hope you can make sense of this? I wouldn't write if it weren't that your poetry impresses me...

    Best, Michael

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Best Poem of Susan Ashdown

Behind This Smile

Behind this smile is a host of mixed emotions.
Like a scared rabbit I want to stand stock-still
In the stare of headlight-eyes.

Their interrogating concern
Prompts my reply in cautious terms.
“A little up-hill, one day at a time...how are you? ”

And a brief breathing spell,
Whilst I try to take in
News I’ll certainly forget.

Racing for refuge, making for home,
Ever conscious of quizzing stares.
“Do I have the right shoes on
is my hair a mess
what’s my face doing
is it giving the game away? ”

Behind my solitude-safe door I ...

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