Two Poems in Orbis Journal

A poem earthrise inspired by the first photographs of earth taken from space by the 1968 Apollo team, is one of two of Carolyn’s poems published in the winter edition 2022 of Orbis.

earthrise references French surrealist poet Paul Eluard. The translated phrase ‘the earth is blue like an orange’ was written by Eluard in 1929 in L’Amour La Poésie, decades before man had reached the moon.

Furthermore, in the 1920s, an orange was a rare and precious fruit, not the everyday food we now enjoy.

The second poem in Orbis #202 is Elder – one of a series of poems on the river Don in Sheffield, Carolyn wrote for Off The Shelf Festival. The tree is one of a number of plants growing on the river’s banks and draws on the folklore of the tree.


after Paul Eluard

pale wasteland
white cheek of moon

left, the marbled eye

they have emerged from the far side

Anders gazes
shouts for colour film

earth    blue
like an orange

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