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    [post_content] => When the timpani, when the violins,
mine is one body among many
prone in the gallery.

Still as seals on a wet beach
in moonlight, waves of sound lap
at the exposed summer night.

We enter the music as we enter a sea,
wishing to be transformed
in some small, elemental way,

eyes-closed-drifting through all
the little plocks and plinks, knowing
the deep static on our skins.

When the silence,
when our immersion ends, we all stand
and clap our flippers like hands.
    [post_title] => Blakeney, moonlight
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            [wpcf-summary-description] => Commended in The Poetry Society's 2019 Stanza Poetry Competition on the theme of 'Lies', judged by Geraldine Clarkson.
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            [content] => Originally from Yorkshire, Michael has lived in London since 1998 and is a member of the Forest Poets Stanza in Walthamstow. He has had one pamphlet and two collections of poetry published by the Paekakariki Press: Euphrasy (2012), Walthamstow (2015) and To London (2017).

Michael was longlisted in the 2017 National Poetry Competition and his poem ‘Ice-cream for breakfast’ was recently highly commended in the YorkMix.com Poems for Children Competition 2019. As well as appearing in numerous poetry anthologies and magazines, his poems have also been published in the Arsenal fanzine The Gooner and the World Championship Snooker Championships programme (www.michaelshann.com).

Michael works for the charity Carers UK where he established an annual creative writing competition in 2014. He has edited five anthologies of the winning, commended and selected poems and stories from the competition, and coordinated three celebration events (including a Poem-a-thon during Carers Week 2018). Since 2014, he has also organised an annual poetry and music festival at the Greenway Community Garden in Walthamstow.
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    [title] => Michael Shann
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    [content] => Originally from Yorkshire, Michael has lived in London since 1998 and is a member of the Forest Poets Stanza in Walthamstow. He has had one pamphlet and two collections of poetry published by the Paekakariki Press: Euphrasy (2012), Walthamstow (2015) and To London (2017).

Michael was longlisted in the 2017 National Poetry Competition and his poem ‘Ice-cream for breakfast’ was recently highly commended in the YorkMix.com Poems for Children Competition 2019. As well as appearing in numerous poetry anthologies and magazines, his poems have also been published in the Arsenal fanzine The Gooner and the World Championship Snooker Championships programme (www.michaelshann.com).

Michael works for the charity Carers UK where he established an annual creative writing competition in 2014. He has edited five anthologies of the winning, commended and selected poems and stories from the competition, and coordinated three celebration events (including a Poem-a-thon during Carers Week 2018). Since 2014, he has also organised an annual poetry and music festival at the Greenway Community Garden in Walthamstow.
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Blakeney, moonlight

Michael Shann

When the timpani, when the violins,
mine is one body among many
prone in the gallery.

Still as seals on a wet beach
in moonlight, waves of sound lap
at the exposed summer night.

We enter the music as we enter a sea,
wishing to be transformed
in some small, elemental way,

eyes-closed-drifting through all
the little plocks and plinks, knowing
the deep static on our skins.

When the silence,
when our immersion ends, we all stand
and clap our flippers like hands.