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Who Knew

Who knew when
two pigeons
down the nave
of St Paul’s Cathedral
in Kolkata
while a Bengali Choir
sang Auld Lang Syne
that flying could become an art in which
__we can all partake.

That an egret with his wooden feet
can curve down
a shivering river,
that parents,
married for 51 years
can grow feathers,
and swoop above
a congregation
of disbelievers.

Chrissie Gittins

Chrissie Gittins writes poetry for children and adults, short fiction and radio drama. She has five collections of poetry for children. Three were Poetry Book Society Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf, and two were shortlisted for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award (CLiPPA). Stars in Jars (Bloomsbury, 2014), her new and collected poems, was a Scottish Poetry Library Recommendation. Her most recent collection Adder, Bluebell, Lobster (Otter-Barry Books, 2016) takes forty of the 110 nature words deleted from the Oxford Junior Dictionary as titles for new poems. Chrissie was a finalist in the Manchester Children’s Literature Prize, and she won the Belmont Poetry Prize for a single children’s poem. Her poems are widely anthologised and have been animated for CBeebies TV. Chrissie has made an hour’s recording for the Poetry Archive, and has read her children’s poems at festivals including Hay, Edinburgh, Wigtown, StAnza, Aldeburgh, Shetland, West Cork, and in the Children’s Room of the Poets House in New York.