Between 2003 and 2018, Diamond Twig Editors selected a poem each month that they found wonderful, interesting, challenging, and fresh. Those poems are archived here for you to read and enjoy.
January: The Makings of Marmalade, Gillian Allnutt | February: The Party, Helen Burke | March: Letting go, Dorothy Baird | April: Heirloom, Kate Fox | May: Strip, Fiona Ritchie Walker | June: Lost Spoon, Pat Borthwick | August: Sensuous, Kathleen Kenny | November: My Mother's Leek Pudding, Linda France.
January: Dunstanburgh, Katrina Porteous | February: Rise, Pat Winslow | March: Health Check, Penny Feinstein | April: Tulip, Andrea Dow | May: Ancestry, Julia Darling | June: Last Portrait, Linda France | July: Tie-dyed T-shirt, Fiona Ritchie Walker | August: Given Away, Jeanne Macdonald | September: Mam and the Cowboys, Angela Readman | October: A map of where they are, Lisa Matthews | November: Bosom Friends, Margaret Eddershaw | December: The Plucking Shed, Gill McEvoy.
January: Trailer, Anna Woodford | February: Sharp Knives, Valerie Laws | April: Grandmother's Portrait 1890, Cynthia Fuller | May: Mother's Lustre, Pippa Little | June: Getting Rid of the Aphids, Christy Ducker | July: Lessons, Lizzie Whyman | August: Portuguese Wall-Hanging, 17c, Sylvia Forrest | September: Insomnia, Julia Darling | October: Blue Plaque, Joan Johnston | November: Work of Art, Kathleen Kenny | December: Darling, Jackie Kay.
January: Self-portrait (in the dark, with cigarette) (withdrawn), Colette Bryce | February: Welcome to the airlock, Lisa Matthews | March: Down the Dene, Ellen Phethean | April: Maternal Instinct, Crista Ermiya | May: Planting Tulips, Kathy Towers | June: Vibration Mode, Sophie Baker | July: White, Joan Hewitt | August: The Second Version, Louise Hislop | September: Inside the Kist, Fiona Ritchie Walker | October: Monster, Lesley Mountain | November: Grandmother Rowing, Celia McCulloch | December: Is there a reason? Judy Walker
January: Self-Belief, Moniza Alvi | February: Then, Jeanne Macdonald | March: A happy childhood, Julia Darling | April: Another poem for Eve to mark out of 10 on a post-it note, John Hegley | May: Black Bullets and Vinegar, Catherine Graham | June: Kessin, Sara Taylor | July: July, Elizabeth Tate | August: Building a Lion on Weymouth Beach, Joanna Rimmer | September: Selling Up, Sue Spencer | October: Welcome to the Hotel Caledonia, Jo Colley | November: Judgement Day, Helen Broom | December: Whitley Bay, Susannah Pickering
January: One morning, Isabel Garford | February: Poppy, Pauline Plummer | March: Birth Day, Mandy Maxwell | April: River, Garden, Lake, Carlotta Johnson | May: Mrs Greathead's Garden, Pippa Little | June: England, Catherine Graham | July: Postcard, Degna Stone | August: Idyll, U. A. Fanthorpe | September: Fury, Josephine Scott | October: Jelly Sandals, Marlynn Rosario | November: Landscapes, Diane Granger | December: Two Women, Cynthia Fuller.
January: Breath, Ellen Phethean | February: The Quartz in Your Valley, S. J. Litherland | March: The Silence Living in Houses, Linda Anderson | April: Gulls, Linda France | May: Cat Woman, Kathleen Kenny | June: Birdhouse, Anna Woodford | July: Bonds, Jo Reed | August: Turkish Bath, Julia Darling | September: A Morning Ritual, Degna Stone | October: A Necklace of Acorns, Pauline Plummer | November: Office at Night, Rowan Ferguson | December: Making Clogs at Gallowgate, Catherine Graham.
January: The Women's Group Visits the Museum, Joanna Boulter | February: Poppy emerging, Lesley Mountain | March: Five poems for International Women's Day | April: haiku, Oonah V. Joslin | May: The Lives of Strangers, Crista Ermiya | June: My Mother, Maggie Tate; | July: Night Trains in Maine, Celia McCulloch; | August: When lemonade smelt like water, Victoria Milburn; | September: Anticipation, Jasmine Irving; | October: Liver Sense, Sara Park; | November: The question of naming it, Lizzie Whyman; | December: The Burning Map, Joan Johnston
January: Making Sloe Gin, Lindsay Balderson | February: Caught Voice, Phoebe Walker | March: Nine Moons | April: Islander, Kathleen Bainbridge | May: Motherhood, Anne Clark | June: Vernal Song, Joan Hewitt | July: Night of the Penguin, Oonah V. Joslin | August: Berwick Train by Diane Granger | September: Benediction by Clare Wigzell | October: Senses by Alison Theaker | November: Ortolan by Lisa Matthews | December: Deer by Christy Ducker
January: You, Ruth Steinberg | February: Winter, Eileen Jones | March: Freight Train, Cara Brennan | April: What I think About When I'm Swimming, Hannah Lowe | May: Last Waltz, Catherine Graham | June: Go Gentle, Anne Ryland | July: The Combustible Woman, Angela Readman | August: Gathered at the river, Geraldine Green | September: Red Beauty Sleeping with Trees, Wendy Heath | October: Pavilion by Sarah Moor | November: Parallel Lives by Sheila Wakefield | December: White Lilac by Leni Dipple.
January: Fiction, Caitriona Hansen | February: Field Path by Sylvia Forrest | March: Kitchen Sink Painting by Jo Reed | April: Dangerous Pursuit of Yellow by Annie Wright | May: Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman by Ellen Phethean | June: Hearing Aids by Gene Groves | July: April in the Ha Ha by Caroline Kemp | September: One Hundred and Twenty Miles East by Elizabeth Walker | October: On Cullercoats Beach by Pauline Plummer | November: Transient by Jessica Wortley | December: Iskar's Field by Pippa Little.
January: Where and When, Sue Rylance | February: Silent Morning by Josephine Scott | March: Resurrection, Wigton by Helen Farish | April: Suggestions, please by Christy Ducker | May: My grandfather is a country by Vicky Arthurs | June: Witness by Lisa Rodgers | July: Carpet of Roses by Jean Laurie | August: At the children's home by Sky Hawkins | September: Picking Apples by Pat Clark | October: Mr. Turner by Caroline Kemp | November: Yan Tan Tether by Jane Burn | December: Hymn to the Amazons in Ward 36 by Catherine Ayres.
January: Fes to Casablanca by Rosie Anderson | February: How to survive the spring without your grandchild by Mary Anne Perkins | March: After the flood by Crista Ermiya | April: Comrades by Jo Colley | May: Cuckmere Haven by Ellen Phethean | June: Widow by Joan Johnston | July: Skinny Dip by Kris Johnson | August: Reflection on turning heads by Kathleen Kenny | September: The Herrin Trail by Rita Bradd | October: Stony Heap by Bernadette McAloon | November: A Fixed Point by Diane Cadman | December: Snow hare by Eleanor Livingstone.
January: On Knitting by Marie Naughton | February: Moon in the Water by Lindsay Reid | March: Miss X, I adore you by Julie Hogg | April: The Sisters of Mercy by Ceinwen Haydon | May: Swimming before the May by Beth McDonough | June: Periwinkle by Joanne Clement | July: The Ship-Owner's House by Judi Sutherland | August: Purple Like Borage by Sheila Templeton | September: To the Sat Nav by Sally Evans | October: The embalming dark by Iris Priest | November: Young man descending by Caroline Kemp | December: Eiderdown by Pam Gormally.
January: Eve by Helen Broom | February: Inuit Anger Walk by Lydia Kennaway | March: Glad Rags | April: Standing Up by Louise Hislop | May: Hereafter Julia by Jackie Kay | June: Before by Cynthia Fuller | July: I'm afraid there's nothing we can do by Natalie Rees | August: Yee Hah! by Liz Atkin | September: Wonderland by Caroline Hawkridge | October: Preen by Lisa Matthews | November: Earth has not anything to show more fair by Celia McCulloch | December: Killing Time by Jessica Wortley.