Sam Gardiner

Sam Gardiner

Originally from Portadown, County Armagh, Sam Gardiner won the National Poetry Competition in 1993 with Protestant Windows

A winner in the 2005 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition, his pamphlet The Picture Never Taken, was published in 2005 and is a book of loss and elegy, of going on alone. It tells an honest, recognisable human story deepened and broadened by means of mythic references. 

Sam lives in Grimsby and his most recent collection is The Morning After.

Sam Gardiner was awarded an Arts Council Writers' Award in 2002 and has published three collections, all favourably noticed in the Guardian or the TLS ("Everybody should read these marvellous poems" Guardian); he wrote the Poem of the Week in April 2011.

 

 

 




Reviews

'One of those rare writers who is profound and entertaining simultaneously' — The Guardian

THE PICTURE NEVER TAKEN

Who knows what storms brought him here,
Shaking the shine from his overcoat,
Hanging it on the hallstand by the throat
And combing the rain-clouds from his hair.

No need to ransack the archives to recall
Him barging scrubbed from the scullery,
The picture never taken goes before me,
His face patched with scraps of Lurgan Mail

Middled with red, which fluttered across
The fields as the day wore on, went from him
In small dismissals, cuts won yet lost.
Stubbled with shadow, war-worn from the fight,
His coming home was straight into the east room,
Where darkness gathered, to say good night.

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