Valerie Laws

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Poet, performer, crime novelist, playwright and sci-art installation specialist. Her new poetry book 'All That Lives' arises from funded Residencies at a London Pathology Museum, at Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing and Health working with neuroscientists creating poetry about the brain’s bizarre beauty and life cycle, and Evolving Words for Darwin 200. Her 11 books include poetry (including 3 full collections) , crime & comedy fiction, and drama. Many prizes, including Wellcome Trust Arts Award, twice prizewinner in National Poetry competition, two Northern Writers' Awards. Devises new forms of poetry, science-themed poetry installations and commissions including the infamous ... more »

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  • Diane Hine Diane Hine (11/19/2012 6:16:00 AM)

    Consistently stimulating and absorbing- teriffic!

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My Mother's Twin Lovers

‘I must get back to the men, ' my mother announces,
Then slyly meets my eye, as I choose, this time,
To avoid my usual reply. ‘I know what you're thinking! '
She's triumphant. ‘That there's only one of them! But
You're wrong, you know! ' My mother is having an affair.
She's cheating on my father with another man, who lives
With them, looks like his twin, and even shares his name.
‘I think they must be cousins, ' she explains, defiantly.

Before going to bed with my father, she slips next door,
Turns back the spare bed quilt, and leaves her slippers there, ...

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