Weekend Showcase: James Giddings (Writer and Poet)

6 Dec


Every Friday, 1 artist/poet/writer, letting 1 piece of their work speak for itself.



James Giddings



by James Giddings


I remember how you started with just a simple square: four sides, each of equal length, plain white like our tablecloth. I hold it now in my hand, the wings still strong from the tight creases you folded; the small tear still there at the neck from when I pulled it taught by its beak and tail.                                                                                          It was beautiful how you worked: the precise measurements you made with your eyes, the flat of your hand ironing each fold into place, then your nimble fingers manipulating the paper like clay until it was crane.                                    ….. I drop it out the window sometimes and watch it fall. It reminds me of you; your white dress flapping in the wind, arms spread out like wings ready to welcome the ground.                                   …..I’m still amazed when I walk downstairs, open the door and step outside to collect it; amazed at how it can fall so gracefully from such a height and land unscathed, completely intact.




James is 22 and is currently studying his MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University where he has been awarded a studentship from the AHRC. He has been published by Myths of the Near Future, Kumquat Poetry and Crooked, among others. His grandfather invented the peppermint, and he is living off of the royalties; sometimes James makes things up to sound slicker than he really is.




Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be more than welcome!


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