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16 October 2014
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Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper

Born in Manchester, raised on the Isle of Man. Have lived in Belfast for last 11 years and love the place, the people, the craic. Writing poetry is release, of experiences, ideas and feelings: It is also escapism. Initial writing was precipitated by the birth of my first niece, and as a result a significant proportion of my poetry could be classified as childrens. Most recently, three poems appear in Speech Therapy (Issue 2), including 'Ladybirds Jewels' which earned me a place in the final of the Belfast Poetry Cup 2006 . A poem recounting the fortunes of a vagrant called ‘Fivedogs’ appears in Citizen32, and is my first magazine publication.

Oakwood Celebrity by Mark Cooper

Exotic crest, pink chest,
covert sapphire blue,
cloak the black and white
magpie within you.

Elusive, exclusive
glimpses caught.
A flourish of fans then off
to spring wedding.

Oakwood gatherer,
hoarder, consumer,
of dreams forgotten
grow the mighty.


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