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International Women’s Day at Romanian Cultural Institute London


We celebrate International Women’s Day with a beautiful poem from Fiona Sampson’s ‘The Catch’, a collection of „crystalline poems of beauty and risk” that we look forward to launching tonight. Join us @ RCI London at 7pm!

The Catch

You want – but something
holds you back
(voices in the

the cold shift
of a shadow)
something walks
beside you something

that was always
there a shadow is it
like your skin
and you remember

when you were
a child how each night
shadows met
across the grass

each night they met
to swallow time
the light put out
in each grass stalk

the story broken
that you’d told
yourself as you lay
in the brief

between the tress.

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“On Turning Ten”, a poem by Billy Collins

A poem by Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States, capturing the ache of loss at the end of childhood. Its title is significant: “On Turning Ten”!


In Or Out Of Water

All the water in the world

However hard it tried,

Could never, never sink a ship

Unless it got inside.

All the hardships of this world,

Might wear you pretty thin,

But they won’t hurt you, one least bit

Unless you let them in.