Ramona Herdman

Ramona Herdman’s pamphlet Bottle is published by HappenStance Press. It was the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for spring 2018 and one of the Poetry School’s Books of the Year 2017. Ramona has a new pamphlet forthcoming from the Emma Press, which will focus on love, lust and sexual politics. She lives in Norwich and is a committee member for Café Writers. She tweets occasionally @ramonaherdman.


Photo: Martin Figura


Jill Abram presents Stablemates »

Jill Abram introduces a poetry salon with a trio of HappenStance poets

Fri 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Council Chamber


Ship in a bottle

You hope it’s like a genie but it’s more like a ship.
What’s in this bottle is amazing as a ship’s folded rigging,
as her nine sheets stowed neat (but longing to throw

themselves to the wind, flapping sting-wet rope-ends).
Amazing, how she sails from the liquid’s doldrums –
a single, some doubles, straight from the bottle.

Amazing how she changes you – you’re almost
still the person peering at this from outside, saying,
‘Just one’, but the deck flexes under your feet

and you’re back on your sea-legs, face burnt, lips cracked
with the years since you last saw land. Amazing how quick
she turns and you stagger. She flies in front of the wind,

sails laughing, full rig, every creak and crack of her
saying this is what she was made for. And you,
borne along like a whole crew, singing.


Ramona Herdman

From Bottle (HappenStance, 2017)