anne • sikking
Society of Authors • Royal Society of Literature • Federation Writers Scotland
Poet Laureate 2021/2022 - TESS - Los Angeles • founding Chair Glasgow's City of Poets
Listed among City of York's100 influential women 1918-2018
Currently working with the
on behalf of GILDED LILY
Govan, March & April 2023
Now available for YouTube viewing
Anne on Poets Time, August 2022
Grateful recipient of a
Bridport Prize memoir bursary
Featured Poet • City of Poets,
International Women's Day - 2023
for the girls attending the SHE programme at Gilded Lily
in Govan, Glasgow, Scotland – March 2023
When young, our blank pages fill day by day,
seared by stages with words THEY say:
the cruel, the kind, the thoughtless drivel...
...brands a mind, makes words a missile.
Armed, defensive, our lives made small,
we're soon offensive, quick to maul.
Chapters from our bruised lives
can make us raptors – “Bring out the knives!”
I see us bold, have another view,
and hold a vision of me and you,
where we yield no ground, give up no mark,
sing out our sound, move from the dark.
For while we can't erase what THEY write,
I see us taser it with our light.
I see you choose where you look.
and lose the branding of THEIR book.
first published March 8, 2023