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Longshore Drift | On Sheppey – A poem by Chris Poundwhite
Longshore Drift is an online journal published by the Medway Swale Estuary Partnership. Its primary focus is on the natural and historical environments of the north Kent Marshes, with occasional diversions into related areas of interest.
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On Sheppey – A poem by Chris Poundwhite

On Sheppey – A poem by Chris Poundwhite

In August 2016 I made my first (and it won’t be the last) visit to the Isle of Sheppey. I found its estuarine landscape beautiful and unusual – the flat, open, marshland, the soft hills, the factories and wind turbines far off on the horizon… Part of my time there was spent at Elmley National Nature Reserve, and it was there that this poem took shape.


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Chris Poundwhite has spent his life living on the coast, and for the last three years has called Kent home. For over a decade he has been involved with ecopoetry, with his poems appearing in numerous print and online publications. He is currently working on a book-length poem about a community shingle garden project in Folkestone. He runs Go to the Pine, a business teaching ecopoetry courses and workshops, and also edits Gull – a print and digital zine of short ecopoetry, prose, and artwork.