The Blindman Goes From A To B is an eye-opener of a first collection by painter-poet Maureen Wilkinson who has twice (1987 and 1990) won 1st prize in the Peterloo Poets Open Poetry Competition. Seven of the poems in this collection were included in Peterloo Preview 1 (1988) and excited much favourable critical comment:
’Maureen Wilkinson . . . won the 1987 Peterloo Open Poetry Competition with “Bringing the Night Cow Down” and now proves that she has a body of work of equal quality.’ John Mole, Encounter
’She has something of Dylan Thomas’s gift for fashioning the autonomous but still singing line.’ William Oxley, Acumen
Maureen Wilkinson was born in London in 1944. She studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, and taught for twelve years in special education before moving to an eleven-acre smallholding in Cornwall where she raised beef cattle.
The grief is so close to the joy that it flickers and flickers and flickers until we are blind with it.
Only a seaside town, an afternoon of golden weather like a state of grace. Above the sky hub where three roads converge some wheeling pigeons spin a hollow drum of tin-bright flight. People along the pier sit basking, that their flesh may self-forget itself in pleasure; briefly they become ocean, pavement, distance, shadow, child. An infant in a pram opens his eyes. He invents sky. He ripens like a loaf.