A Kindness by Sylvia Perry

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Sylvia Perry is a poet of the over-looked moment – of the delicacy and nuance in the ordinary and everyday. She writes with clarity, her words chiming small events, understanding and marking beauty or emotional         response. Her hospital sequence is unguarded and utterly plain – and should be on the syllabus of every medical student and NHS manager – offering a heartfelt and accurate account of life in a ward. This is a strong and very honest voice.

– Rose Flint

It’s great to finally see this accomplished selection of Sylvia Perry’s own poetry, the author being someone who has facilitated other people’s work for quite some time. These poems grow out of consideration for how things are; they share in our commonality of social concern; and, importantly, they listen to people.

– Graham Hartill

ISBN: 978-1-909404-07-6 40 pages,  booklet. Retail Price £5.95 Price in PS shop just £5.

Sample poem:

Pimlico Pavement

You made a bed on the fourth step,

cardboard to keep out the cold,

scant possessions

but a fine view –

out and over the playing fields.


Here you sit and draw

with coloured pens on white paper,

bright childlike images

that fall from your lap

to join the autumn leaves.


As I pass you sit hunched

furiously flicking pages

of a cheap magazine,

not reading, not seeing,

shutting yourself away.


Sunday I look down from my window,

and see you lying on your back

in a patch of sunlight,

smoking, gaze fixed

on the beautiful blue sky.