Portrait Of My Grandmothers As Sideboards by Ann Cuthbert






Ann Cuthbert enjoys writing and performing poems, usually with the Tees Women Poets

collective. Her work has been widely published in online and print magazines and

anthologies, including her poetry chapbook: Watching a Heron with Davey (Black Light

Engine Room Press 2017).



About This Poem

My grandmothers both had sideboards  - common items of furniture at the time of my childhood in the 50's and 60's. Both sideboards fascinated me, both were very different as were my grandmothers. It struck me recently that each sideboard, both physically and characteristically, did resemble the grandmother to which it belonged and that is how the poem evolved. I decided that the prose poem form fitted the memoir best.