Double Bass Sonnet
After 'Glass Jaw Sonnet' by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Doghouse, lethal chump, lamppost, magic trick,
Bass viol, 'Jaws' theme, banished from the bus.
Mule-load. Bug transporter, hourglass, wardrobe,
Good wood, finger-slayer, lover, splinter,
Boyfriend-in-a-corpse-bag. Football target.
Cuddleable, boom-hearted, big-bummed frump. Bed-
Mate. Nectarous. Charmer. Door-hard. Head-turner.
Fragile beast, nerve-calmer, gooseberry, baby.
Sinuses clogged, off red wine. High-rise.
Sentinel, toughneck, scratched-up. Sombre, Heart-
Beat, living statue, Swing King, truck sides, turnstile
Scraper, pushchair-cruncher. Creaking,
Ground-shaker, escape pod for mice. Tourist
Prop. Gloomy. Husky-dragged. Soften my heart.
by Gemma Boyd
The above poem is featured in Gemma's debut collection of poetry; 'Vivarium' (Brandy Publications, 2016), which is available to purchase for £9.50 plus shipping from this website under the link, 'Online Shop'.
Gemma began writing poetry in 1996, during her years at the University of Chichester. Vicki Feaver (major prize-winning poet; author of the revered, 'The Handless Maiden' collection, amongst others), was her encouraging tutor. After attending a recital by the incomparable Maya Angelou on her 70th birthday, Gemma was truly inspired. Whilst living in London, Gemma attended Matthew Sweeney and Maurice Riordan's Advanced Poetry Workshop at Morley College, where she got the chance to workshop her writing and learn from established poets. Tamar Yoseloff also gave her tutorial support. Gemma returned to Morley and the Advanced Poetry Workshop in the spring of 2013 run by Simon Barraclough and Kathryn Maris, and in 2014 studied at The Poetry School, London, with Roddy Lumsden and S. J. Fowler.
Poems by Gemma Boyd have been published in the following magazines, journals, a chapbook and on websites:
THE MARXIST - November / December 2000, MORLEY NEW WRITING 6 - 2000 / 2001, MORLEY NEW WRITING 7 - 2001 / 2002, FIRST TIME - editions 42 and 43, VOICE & VERSE - winter 2001, Issue 14, WEYFARERS 88 - February 2001, HEAVENLY HEN HOUSE LITTLE BOOK OF POETRY - THE VANITY PRESS (BRIGHTON WOMEN WRITERS) - March 2002, SPEAK OUT - SURVIVOR'S NETWORK - Issue 63 (Oct 2001 / Jan 2002), Issue 64 (Feb / March 2002) and Issue 65 (April / May 2002), HEAVENLY HEN HOUSE POETRY - THE VANITY PRESS (BRIGHTON WOMEN WRITERS) - March 2003, MISS MO PRESENTS - JOURNEYS - October 2010, on THE MACHINE MAN FORUM under 'Writing' at www.machinemanthemovie.com (May 2011), fakepoems.tumblr.com (24th June 2014), here-there-poetry.co.uk (1st August 2014), SOUTH POETRY MAGAZINE 50 - October 2014, blueofnoonpoetry.tumblr.com (3rd April and 28th June 2015), MISS MO PRESENTS - JOURNEYS - 2006 - 2016 (CHAPBOOK) - May 2016, and on 9th May 2011, www.cnn.com published an article entitled 'Poetry, film give voice for OCD sufferers' featuring Gemma's poetry and her take on OCD.
Her poem 'Double Bass Sonnet' was chosen by selectors at SOUTH POETRY MAGAZINE 50 to represent the magazine in The Forward Prize, Best Single Poem competition 2015.
She has performed her poetry at 'Oratory In The Open Air' at the Spires Centre, Streatham, 'Feed Your Mind' at the Union Chapel Project, Highbury, 'Harrow Words Live Literature Festival' - 2001, 'Cabaret Of Conscience' at the Peace Festival on Hove Lawns - July 2002, 'Gay Pride Brighton & Hove' - August 2002, 'Miss Mo Presents...Poets, Actually' at Koba bar, Brighton - October 2010, 'Poetry In The Park' in Coronation Gardens, Leyton - August 2011, organised by Paul McGrane of The Poetry Society, London, 'Wells, Pugh & Hammond' at Walthamstow Central Library, London, as part of the East London Libraries Festival - September 2011, at Tropicalia, Bistrot Culturel Bresilien, 114 Bis rue des Moines, 75017, Paris, France - October 2011, at Oakfield Lodge for older people in Ilford, Essex - January 2012, at 'Le Printemps des Poètes Aubervilliers' in Paris, France - March 2012, at 'The Betsey Trotwood All-Dayer' in Farringdon, London, organised by Roddy Lumsden and Tim Wells - July 2014, at the 'Poetry Please' group in Hainault, Essex - April 2016, and at Romford Folk Club, Essex - February 2017. Both Gemma's most recent poems and performances thereof can be seen at: Gemma's Instagram profile