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Penelope Shuttle


Your mountains,
your rain mists
white as almond flowers,

your ravines
black as the branches
of the almond tree.

Orange trees of Relleu,
lemon trees,
your sweet February harvest.

Here long before the olives -
dawn breaks over your terrace orchards,
your clustered boughs.

Mountains stand around you in awe.



Penelope Shuttle's recent collection is 'Redgrove's Wife' (Bloodaxe - 2006) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and the TS Eliot prize. Penelope has been on retreat at the Almassera Vella and tutored three courses here in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her latest publication is 'Unsent: New and Selected Poems 1980 – 2012'.


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