Issue 7: Yellow
Yellow is the colour of sunshine, and with it, the feeling of hope and brightness. As we headed into the real spring, we felt that yellow was a colour that we’d be seeing – in new spring chicks, in flowers like daffodils and buttercups, and the sun itself. We may not have gotten the last one this rainy March but it is nice to see pops of bright yellow in the garden. We were awash with poems and stories featuring daffodils and other yellow flowers and despite having three foods above (if you exclude the chick!) the only food that featured was the yolk of an egg in submissions. As always, we had some lovely pieces send to us with a vast array of yellows: gold, saffron, primrose, etc. and we had a tough job singling out one piece of prose and one piece of fiction.
Our featured poet is Edward O’Dwyer with his witty poem, The Matter of a Dedicated Gardener’s Death. It offers an alternative look at the concept of death and it skips along nicely. Read Edward’s poem here >>
Our featured prose writer is Cath Barton with her short story, Buttercups, which is a much more sinister story. This story was clearly written in response to our theme of yellow. The spin the writer puts on the colour was good, and the directness of the writing style also worked well. There was no need for perfumed vocabulary in this piece. Lastly, the twists in the narrative voice at the end and the open endedness of the final paragraph were great. Read Cath’s short story here >>