Heart Of Stockport #1, #2

Sarah working with Write Out Loud

Sarah working with Write Out Loud

Below are two ‘collage’ poems, written by Stockport’s Write Out Loud group, responding to the group’s poems exploring the heart of Stockport:

Collage: Heart of Stockport #1

M60 atop Manchester’s posterior cusp
Hurtling force divides and creates, binds and destroys,
Cut me slowly, cut me quick, careful now
Not too deep

Just like Concorde passing over
the viaduct with its engine vibrating
on the tracks
I’m lost. Blocked. What is hidden in the river?

The naked road is rusting away
I follow the arterial route to your heart
Giant black rats are lurking in the deep waters

River – town’s blood – cutting through the heart of industry.

The Write Out Loud writing group at Stockport Art Gallery

The Write Out Loud writing group at Stockport Art Gallery

Collage: Heart of Stockport #2

Stockport town is upside down

Blue skies, regret for the river that was
I caught your cobble-stones with conviction
Voices from the youth skimming across the waters

Love is underfoot, under wet sand

Throw stones at the past; take care of the present; enjoy a future.

Red streaks blurring wistful meanderings
Lose yourself in the labyrinthine city
This hour, this day, this moment.

Beneath the sand,
The smell of sunburnt ducks and trollies in fading light.

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2 thoughts on “Heart Of Stockport #1, #2

  1. Paints a realistic version of Stockport, I can remember when the UCP tearooms existed in Stockport , waitresses in black and white uniform little lace headbands on, the river ran through the middle of the unmade precinct and it was red brown and dirty

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