Caroline Smith was born in Ilford, Essex. She graduated with a BA (hons) degree in Fine Arts (sculpture) from Goldsmith’s College, London University. Her first publication was the much-praised long narrative poem ‘Edith’ published by Flambard Press. Her debut collection ‘Thistles of the Hesperides’ was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Festival First Collection prize. Her latest collection, ‘The Immigration Handbook’ was published by Seren in summer 2016 and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry.
Caroline Smith has been widely published in poetry journals (including Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, Stand Magazine, Agenda and Orbis) and she has given readings at many venues (including Barnard College in New York, the Sudbury Arts Festival, The Troubadour and Dove Cottage, Grasmere for the Wordsworth Trust). She was a recipient of an Eastern Arts Writers Bursary and twice a prize winner in the Troubadour Poetry Competition. Her poem Metamorphosis was included in the Bloodaxe Anthology, ‘Staying Alive’ and published for use in schools by Folens of Dublin in their Leavers Certificate Anthology.
Caroline Smith lives with her family in Wembley.
Since you died, I notice
the outside seeping in.
There is the smell of damp in my chair.
My skin hangs in loose bracelets of bark
and my fingers scratch against my face
like a branch walked into.
A numbness is spreading up my cold ankles
as my locked feet take root.
The hands on my watch stand
motionless as deer against the trees,
pulling away with long slow strides
dragging the nights into silent days.
I call out, like a startled jay
clattering up through the canopy
of leaves closing over me
as I search the forest paths
for traces of you.