Eucharist by Becky Cherriman, from her New Poetry Pamphlet, Echolocation

Whitby 21 - 28 July 2012 by Jane Cardie crop

For Mothering Sunday, a gift – Eucharist by Becky Cherriman taken  from her new poetry pamphlet, Echolocation.

Eucharist 

Every morning the same, her asking,

Have you had your breakfast, got your lunch?

But breakfast wasn’t as important

as zapping zombies or texting Alex back

so, invariably, I lied.

 

Often, even with her face pale as brume,

her hair shedding like maths sheets from an open bag,

she’d rise and serve me porridge —

a Eucharist of grain and fruit.

 

Threes, she’d say,

the ladle tremoring in her left hand

and we’d speak our trios —

holy trinities of how the day before had been,

what we’d loved, and why.

 

Becky Cherriman, ‘Eucharist’, Echolocation, 2016

Echolocation is published by Mother’s Milk Books and is Becky’s first pamphlet, in which she explores single motherhood, infertility, the adoption process and more. You can order copies here.  

Her first full collection is due out late in 2016 with Cinnamon Press.


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Becky Cherriman is a writer, workshop leader and performer based in Leeds.  Published on umbrellas, by MslexiaNew WalkEnvoi, Mother’s Milk, Bloodaxe, Well Versed and in Poets For Corbyn, she was resident poet for Morley Literature Festival in 2013.  Her work has been translated into opera, film, art and into Italian for the socialist magazine Internazionale.

After thirteen years as a workshop facilitator, she works regularly for a number of key organisations and charities and is well-respected locally for her work.

A current collaboration is Haunt, an Imove commission, working with writer Steve Toase and people experiencing homelessness.  The Hepworth Wakefield, The Rotunda Museum, Humbermouth Literature Festival, Imove and Grassington Festival have all commissioned her writing in the past.  Much shortlisted in competitions, Becky’s poem First Date was runner up in the Yorkshire Open 2013.  Poems Namesake and Paisley Quilt won first prize for The Speakeasy Open 2012 and second prize in the Ilkley Literature Open Mic 2011 respectively.

Becky has recently embarked on a series of weekly blogs focusing on a different inspiring mother: Mary Woolstonecraft, mother of feminism and Mary Shelley; Michelle Pfeiffer, adoptive mother; Margaret Garner – protective mother/murdering mother; Indira Gandhi – political mother; Kate Bush – singer-songwriter/strange mother; Marie Curie, scientist mother; Rebecca Adlington – sporty mother.

Becky’s website is www.beckycherriman.com

Becky’s photo is courtesy of Bryony Pritchard. The original cover image for Echolocation was taken by Jane Cardie at Whitby in July 2012.

BC Echolocation front cover scaled

 


 

Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend. Fiona is its Coordinator and Marketing Director of the Northern Short Story Festival.

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