Mingled Space: debut poetry pamphlet.
V. Press 2019
"There's a strange charm to these poems, caught in the captivating throes of violence..."
“In Mingled Space, Margaret Adkins weaves together striking imagery, evocative speech and a variety of form and techniques to create a wide-ranging and beguiling look at family, society and life. This is a vivid selection of poems that I can see, taste, feel – a worthy winner of the inaugural V. Press Prize for Poetry.”
Sarah Leavesley V.Press
"Adkins gives attention to tender details others might miss."
"Here is music and witchcraft and sometimes things moving backwards...as Adkins'gaze shines a light into dark corners, noticing the small, the left behind and the lovely." Deborah Alma
"These poems bristle with tenderness and beauty...domestic spaces inhabited by vivid characters leap out at you alive with a kind of gentle danger." Roz Goddard
It Watches for My Return
The lamp waits at my widow's window
all chubby. The light rounds where flowers
used to be vased for me by the man I loved.
Where cards for Christmas, Easter,
my birthday used to be stood up for me
by my children — who now live lives
with their children — who make them cards
with glitter and crayon and pasta. It
reminds me of plumpness; chewed flannels
in bath-light; the passing of evenings.
Its waiting reminds me of knowing.
No other will ever know my knowing.