Everything now is 
stained with hope,
the juice of possibility.
Ripe pomegranate blush.
New mornings open
while we hold our breath;
vermilion on our far horizon. 
Even rain delights me now:
soft amber jazz percussion.
How do I live with all this 
sudden brilliance?
I stay awake all night,
longing for the salt;
the everyday enchantment.

— ‘Pomegranate’ from Journey
SUE LEWIS is a South London poet who has been published in The Fenland ReedBlithe SpiritSouth Bank Poetry and Morley Magazine. She was short listed in the Morley Arts Festival poetry competition in 2018 and was winner of the Cinnamon Press poetry pamphlet competition in 2019 with Texture. In 2020 her work appeared in the Covid-19 pandemic anthology Beyond the Storm, which raised money for NHS charities. In 2021, she won the Cinnamon Press pamphlet competition for a second time with Journey.

Sue has an MA in Creative Writing and is a member of the British Haiku Society, the Second Light network, the Poetry Society and the Kith writing community. She reads regularly with Croydon’s Poets Anonymous, is fascinated by early music, practises tai chi and qigong and loves to walk through both urban and rural landscapes.

Journey will be published in March 2022. Texture is available from the publisher at cinnamonpress.com or online from Amazon, Blackwell’s, FoylesThe Book Depository or Waterstones.