Beth McDonough trained in Silversmithing at Glasgow School of Art. Following an MLitt at Dundee University, she was writer in residence at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2014-16). Her work is strongly connected to place, particularly to the Tay, where she swims, and forages nearby. Her poetry may be read in Gutter, Northwords Now, Agenda, Poetry Salzburg Review and many other journals and anthologies. She reviews at DURA. Handfast (Mother’s Milk Books, 2016), a poetry duet pamphlet with Ruth Aylett, is a verse investigation of her experience of her son’s autism, while her co-poet considers that of her parents’ dementia. Her own first pamphlet will be published later this year.
Seville bright, this morning’s sun grins,
rolls her confident complement
against January skies. Let me zest
what I can, then knife through
fluff thickened pith, to score
an acid-sore aroma, studded in pips.
I finger out segments, let nip
juices loch onto boards then cut,
need to keep this essence, not slight
that necessary sharp under sicken-sweet
covers. A season keens, pierces high
through any resistance of frost.
First published in The Scores