Anna Woodford

You fiddle with the catch
between my legs until my mouth
springs open and I am
crowing like an everyday bird that has
entered the heights of an aviary. I am
scaling the bars, wide-
spreading my common or garden
fan while your beady eye hangs
over my body. My voice goes
flying in our feathered bed from
your forefinger and thumb, my next cry
rests on the tip of your tongue.

Anna Woodford

Anna Woodford's poetry collection Birdhouse is due from Salt in Autumn 2010, and won the Crashaw Prize.

Her pamphlet Party Piece (Smith/Doorstop 2009) was a winner in the international Poetry Business Competition. Her pamphlet Trailer (Five Leaves 2007) was a Poetry Book Society Choice.

She has been given a Leverhulme Award (from October 2010/October 2011) to be based as a poet in residence at Durham University's Law School. She has won an Eric Gregory Award, an Arvon/ Jerwood Apprenticeship, a Hawthornden Fellowship and residencies at the Blue Mountain Center (New York) and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland. She has held writing residencies at Alnwick Garden, Durham Cathedral and the Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service.

Anna has a PhD in the poetry of Sharon Olds from Newcastle University.

Her previous Diamond Twig Poem of the Month was Trailer.

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Birdhouse © 2010 Anna Woodford: used with permission.
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