Today's poem is "Mute Swans"
from Night Toad

Bloodaxe Books Ltd. / Dufour Editions

Susan Wicks was born and grew up in Kent and studied French Literature at the Universities of Hull and Sussex. Her first three collections were published by Faber. Singing Underwater won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize; Open Diagnosis was one of the Poetry Society's New Generation Poets titles; and The Clever Daughter was a Poetry Book Society Choice and short-listed for both T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. She has also published two novels and a short memoir, Driving My Father. She has lived in France, Ireland and the U.S. and held writing residencies in North America and Europe. She currently directs the rapidly growing Writing Programme at the University of Kent, and lives in Tunbridge Wells.

About Night Toad:

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"A fine poet, with an eye for detail and a gift for conveying the earthliness of everyday experience."
—Jo Shapcott, Independent on Sunday

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