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Friday, 16 September 2016 11:19

The Garden's Memory


A garden is harder than a marriage

you can’t throw sex or wine at it

to pacify the wilderness that threatens.


A garden remembers holds to


you laboured to weed out. As you

tame it,

clear the Eastern Cape clay it springs


slaps you.


A climbing rose, a pale matriarch,

grows vicious despite my secateurs.

A pear tree, fat with lichen,

defiantly bears wizened fruit.
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Louella Sullivan

Louella Sullivan learned to type poems one-handed whilst bouncing small babies on her lap. She did an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes in 2014 where she completed her thesis Bitten under Robert Berold. She is a Drama, History and English teacher as well as a part-time lecturer at Rhodes University. She has been published in Aerodrome, New Contrast, New Coin and Itch. Her poems have been described as "polished, poised and vivid". In 2016, her poem "Refugee" was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.