Now You Can Look

Julia Bird


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Emma Press
14 September 2017
ISBN: 9781910139844
36 pages

From the publisher

Now You Can Look is a collection of poems by Julia Bird. With full-colour illustrations by Anna Vaivare.

“He gets the tea trays and she sets out the tray cloths –
one with the needle-lace border, the other repeating
a thatch-roofed cottage pattern. He tells her

the story of the man who sold him quarter of a pound
of mushrooms and she sees, sliced, the black gills
and the white caps, the caps’ day and the gills’ night.

He dizzies sic eggs with a fork in a pint-pot and she
takes down the pan which needs two hands, lights
the gas and turns its hissing lily up to full.”

– ‘The Artist and Her Husband Make Omelettes at a Quarter to Three on a Saturday Afternoon’, from Now You Can Look.