Emma Must's debut pamphlet is the winner of the fourth Templar Portfolio Award.
the art of ageing cheese, its science –
so after months of not being touched
come country lanes in northern France
or Belgium, stretching blenched
between thin trees towards horizons:
crossroads, in particular,
like ribs laid flat to point in four
of all the possible directions –
this way reaching to a chapel,
its nave as cold as a pantry,
and that way to a farmhouse where
a woman might offer you a Camembert
so plump and ripe its pale rind
suggests the bloom of skin.
Formerly a campaigner on environment and development issues, Emma Must is currently studying part-time for a PhD in the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, focusing on eco-poetry and eco-criticism. She teaches academic and creative writing.
Her poems have been published in magazines and journals in Ireland and the UK.
In 2013 she won second prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Awards.
Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe was launched in London at Keats House on Tuesday 30th June 2015