When we launched January’s Pick of the Month, we noted that the poems were extraordinary and they truly are. But ‘Realisation about a friend’ by Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana tops the list in this case. Voters admired its simplicity and its beauty and loved the image that it conjured. This was a subtle poem of ‘impact and power’!
Alexandra lived in Japan for 10 years. She holds an MA in Writing Poetry from Newcastle University, was shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Prize 2018, and read at the American Writer’s Program Conference, in Portland Oregon this year.
Realisation about a friend
information out of me
the way my son
eats a strawberry
onto the green stem
sucking it down
to the pulp
Voters comments included:
The poem has the visual quality of a haiku and hangs there after being read which I found quite beautiful
I love it…on the surface it’s beautifully straightforward but then it leaves you extremely intrigued and wanting to know more. Also you know exactly what the author means..it has a wonderful universality. We have all felt like that
The words really meant something to me.
This poem really spoke to me. So clever, to get to the heart of a feeling, so directly.
short; to the point; succint.
Such a lot of insight and history in such a small space.
It’s a great piece of work.
It conjures up such a vivid image. Short and clever