A Discoverie of Witches


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  • A Discoverie of Witches (Litfest/Smith Doorstop)

    LContemporary British Poetry - Blake Morrisonancaster Assizes, 1612. Ten people from Pendle in Lancashire were hanged, pronounced guilty of the crime of witchcraft. Poems in this book give voice to characters involved in the trials: from the accused to the accusers, from a child who bore witness against her own mother to the hangman who carried out his job loyally and efficiently, yet not without stirrings of compassion. This collection also includes several poemsset in the Pennine countryside where Blake grew up, as well as the controversial tour-de-force 'The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper'.



    Old Witches

    The more blind, deaf, lame, arthritic,
    hairy-chinned, bowbacked and incontinent,
    the greater the power they have.

    Their bony hands encircle your wrist,
    their lips issue instructions,
    Light the oven, let the cat in, sweep the floor,

    Fetch that box of potions from my dresser,
    and you do, how can you not,
    till the day your patience runs out.

    Once they were hanged or drowned.
    Today it's more subtle: a pillow when no one's looking

    or an overdose of morphine –
    a kindness to them as well as to you.





    • ISBN: 978-1-906613-60-0
    • FORMAT: Hardback
    • Book SIZE: 84pp
    • PRICE: £12.95







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