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Primers Shortlist – Maureen Cullen

We hope you’ve been enjoying discovering the work of the Primers shortlist as much as we have. Over the last few weeks we’ve been showcasing those poets in the running for our mentoring and publication scheme with Nine Arches Press.

We’re entering the home straight in our poem features having already presented work from Geraldine ClarksonJo YoungKate DavisKatie GriffithsKen EvansLouise OrdishLucy Ingrams and Mark Cooper. Do take a read of those poets via the links if you’ve not seen them, and enjoy our penultimate Primers candidate…

Maureen Cullen

Maureen wrote poetry as a teenager, returning to it after a career in social work, inspired by her Open University tutor. She has since completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Lancaster University where she studied poetry and short stories. 


Scots Rose

On Friday, I visit the Royal Infirmary
tae find Dad nestled in the green
of the Necropolis. Who thocht
it was therapeutic
tae put dyin auld men in trolleys
set tae the tilt of gravestones?

I cradle his purpled hand.

On Saturday, I’m in the garden
where you’d never guess
tae look at the gnarled stems,
that past the brush and bruise,
the rot, the liverish leaf,
is a single rose.

It stuns the hedge pink.


Stay tuned for the final feature on the shortlisted poets next week, and find out the full Primers shortlist here.

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