Maureen Cullen poetry on Amaryllis Poetry blog


My dear friend, poet and short story writer, Maureen Cullen has another of her poems – Strawberry Tarts and Swan Vestas – published today, this time on the Amaryllis Poetry website.

Maureen is a Scot, so there’s a smattering of Scots dialect words. If you’re a sassenach like me, you may not understand all of the words but you’ll get the gist. And truly, her voice is one of the many joys of her work.

Just sit back, read and let her imagery take you away to Clydeside to smell the pipe smoke and taste those strawberries.



14 thoughts on “Maureen Cullen poetry on Amaryllis Poetry blog

  1. Her poem somehow reminds me of one of my favourites; Cargoes, by John Masefield. As a child, the sounds of the words – and the contrasts between the cargoes – used to fill me with almost orgasmic joy. Come to that, they still do.

    Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
    Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
    With a cargo of ivory,
    And apes and peacocks,
    Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

    Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
    Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
    With a cargo of diamonds,
    Emeralds, amythysts,
    Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

    Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
    Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
    With a cargo of Tyne coal,
    Road-rails, pig-lead,
    Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.


    1. Ah, that is glorious! What rhythm, what delightful imagery. I can see why you love it so much. Makes me want to jump on a ship to somewhere exotic. I had the same feeling when I read Nathaniel’s Nutmeg by Giles Milton. It’s a factual book about the Early Modern spice trade and my word, his descriptions of the Spice Islands, the sent of spice hanging over the jungles … Just gorgeous. Thank you for taking the time to read Maureen’s work.


      1. I did indeed. I met her online when I was studying creative writing with the OU. She and a group of us got together and compiled a short story collection for charity and managed to get it published by a small press. She’s terrifically supportive with other writers – including me! – has an eagle eye for typos and is just a very nice person. Whatever I can do to promote her work, I will

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      2. I have mentioned it on the blog, you’re right. It was published in 2013 I think, before I started blogging. Scary how time flies. Sadly, the indie publisher who put such faith in us – enabling us to win a national award too – has now ceased trading. Such a shame

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      3. It’s the way of the world – (she says with a worldly sigh, as if she’s the first one to notice how multinationals are squashing the small business that they don’t deem tasty enough to swallow and excrete into their overflowing cesspit)…


      4. Ha! Lovely cesspit reference there Jane. It is a shame but many indie presses are a small team of people or one person and if their circumstances change for whatever reason, that’s it. It was a lovely experience though, invaluable

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      5. So it wasn’t a matter of getting swallowed up – that’s something, at least. Maybe the publishing industry works differently than food, cosmetics and so on.


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