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Siân is a poet and novelist who lives in East Sussex, UK. Her work has appeared in various publications and anthologies and her pamphlet Ovid's Echo is published by Paekakariki Press. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and is Poet in Residence for Ashdown Forest. 

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30.4.2019: Six of Siân's Ashdown Forest poems are published in The Clearing.  

Poem: This House Runs Backwards

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Listen to that irregular click, that out-breathing

unwinding wind; that widdershinning 

teeth-catching snap.  Press your ear to the almost 

inaudible tick.  Press your cheek to a cog. Feel it dip

chilly as brass. See windows flap open, hinges unscrew,

curtains dishevel their hems, floorboards flip dolls

into trunks with unlockable lids, and patches of sunlight

run down the walls.  See in the fridge the cheese 

re-curdling; knives and forks in the slow-turning

kitchen whipping to the Aga to smelt.  And this sucking

thing at the letterbox is the past's mouth.  It comes

with a tongue to lick oil off the mechanism.  



This poem first appeared in Agenda: Dwelling Places.