His Black-eyed Susans


His Black-Eyed Susans

People make so much fuss

about flowers, he’d say,


but after he died we found

his camera with a film in it.


He’d only taken seven shots,

all of his flower beds -


pink and white Petunias,

Lobelia, purple, white,


and a stand of yellow

Black-Eyed Susans.

Welcome to Spring



Time is now magnolia,

wax candles light trees

bring stark beauty

for first days of opening.

Bold blossoms poise while leaves begin.

The stone wall is lit by worship.


It is morning.

Three swans fly over the estuary

their necks outstretched.

They hold formation

just above the water.


This is spring’s song

three swans in flight

magnolias in bloom.


Rose Cook

For International Women’s Day March 8th


On Bringing Up Girls


Aren’t you going to clip her wings?

they said, That’s usual for a girl her age, isn’t it?

We said we didn’t want to clip her wings

and they watched our little daughter grow

bright and strong, then they said


Aren’t you going to tie her feet? That’s

advisable for a young girl, isn’t it?

We said we didn’t want to tie her feet

so they saw a young woman growing

clear and brave. Before they could say anything else

we said, Now it is time to teach her to fly.

They fell back.


They are teaching her to fly, they repeated,

teaching her to fly.

How wonderful, murmured their daughters,

and how interesting.

Rose Cook

A very special offer to buy Rose’s new book half price

Notes From a Bright Field

50percent_discount1x1Rose Cook Front Cover     by Rose Cook

As it’s Rose Cook’s birthday this February, until 1 March 2014, Cultured Llama is offering a 50% discount on her book

Here’s what you need to do to get the discount:
Click ‘add to cart’ on this page, then ‘proceed to cart’. Adjust the number of copies required. Then type CLFEB14 in the box to the left of ‘Apply Coupon’, then click ’Apply Coupon’ AND ’Update cart’. Then proceed to checkout.

 You will also get free post and packing on two or more books. This offer is exclusive to books ordered from the Cultured Llama website. You will not get these prices anywhere else. 

The code CLFEB14 expires on 1 March 2014.

Rose Cook’s Notes From a Bright Field is ‘a single quiet path, in and out’, capturing the transitory beauties of the everyday: someone’s ashes imagined as ‘Lux flakes’; the ‘fruit-gummed glass’ of a cathedral. Where the poems’ themes are of nature, loss and the spiritual, these are grounded in concrete imagery like ‘the clack-clack of the shell and the bones’.

Paperback; 104pp;  203×172 mm; 978-0-9568921-9-5; July 2013; Cultured Llama. Notes from a Bright Field costs £8.00 plus £2.00 p&p, £16.00 for two copies (p&p free)

Cultured Llama is a small independent publisher. To buy Rose’s book, click here: