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Kemp Street 

This week’s poem, 52, Kemp Street: 1934 was inspired by a fellow MA Creative Writing student. He completed a presentation to the class on the subject and later showed me the street and house where it happened.


He wrestled a hammer—

Poor prostitute, dancer,
brought to her death
on May the tenth,
at Skylark Cafe.

He dragged her bruised
body, home to new quarters.
In a large black chest
he folded her corpse.

He left her to rot
for eight whole weeks,
a decaying stench
brought police to investigate.

Poor Violet Kaye,
no-one knew
where she’d gone—

except Toni Mancini.


N.B: The copyright of the above photograph is owned by Harry Pygar. Thank you to Harry for agreeing to let me use it.

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Patricia M Osborne
Who Am I?

Patricia M Osborne is 62, married and mother to three children and grandmother to four with another on the way end of August.

She was born in Liverpool and spent time in Bolton as a child but now lives in West Sussex.

Apart from poetry, Patricia writes novels and short fiction. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies and her debut novel was released in March, 2017.

Patricia is Poet in Residence at a local Victorian park. She’s also studying for an MA in Creative Writing with University of Brighton.

Her debut novel House of Grace, a family saga set in the 1950’s/60’s, is available on Kindle or in paperback from Amazon.

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