11 Wonders

Julia Deakin

Julia Deakin's Eleven Wonders is powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection. Those who, like me, have admired her individual poems in the past, will be struck by their cumulative strength and range, and this book deserves to win her many new readers.
- Michael Symmons Robert

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Julia Deakin was born in Nuneaton and taught at the University of Bradford and is current editor of Pennine Platform poetry magazine. Her work is widely published and she has read on Radio 4's Poetry Please. The Half-Mile-High Club was a Poetry Business competition winner and her first collection, Without a Dog impressed both Anne Stevenson and Simon Armitage. Julia's first collection, Without a dog was published by Graft Poetry in 2008.

Competition wins include the Yorkshire Open, the Torriano, the LIPPfest and the Elmet.

Kingfisher on a tram

After a while they start to annoy you
perched on every pondside information board,
common as unicorns,

so you add them to your life's quests
and weekend treks to willowy pools
where a man in a cap has just seen one
just a minute ago

and you trek home having seen nothing
but a man in a cap
and you blame yourself for being bad
at looking until at last, at last

a whacking great blue bruiser
of a thing, scruffy as a brickie mixing cement
sits or rather stands a stone's throw from you
long enough for you to believe in unicorns -

and years later thanks to this
you register the next split-second biro streak
along the grey canal past Matalan

that makes that instant click,
that vision lifelong, Meadowhall Elysian,
your tattooed ticket-girl an angel and your tram
a barge of burnished gold.

© 2012 Julia Deakin

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