Kvalsund by Sarah Doyle




    build me a longboat a beast of a bulker

    fell me a forest of fearsome trees

    lay oak, overlapping in hull of lapstrake

    a clinker keel to claw the waves

    chop pine for a mast upright and proud

    knot rigging, strong as surge of the storm

    stitch me a sail billowed with squall

    carve oars from the ash for angry waters

    forge me a figurehead with Freyja’s likeness

    the heavens to guide us to safe-harbour and home






    Kvalsund: (1) A Viking longship; (2) A municipality in Norway



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    Sarah Doyle is widely placed and published, winning the WoLF poetry competition and Brexit in Poetry 2019, and being runner-up in the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize 2019. She was highly commended in the Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry and in the Forward Prizes 2018. She is currently researching a PhD in meteorological poetry at Birmingham City University.