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  • cornerHOUSE arts centre welcomes your New Year poem

    cornerHOUSE arts centre welcomes your New Year poem0

    Write a poem to welcome in the New Year and submit it to The cornerHOUSE to be featured on the arts centre’s website. Your poem should be about what the New Year means to you either by reflecting on the past 12 months (I’m sure we’ve all got rather a lot to say about that!),

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  • Wrong Number

    Wrong Number0

    I’ve grown to hate my landline, I dread each time it rings. It’s never Eve or Mildred… It’s people flogging things Or conmen trying to trick me, Or saying: “Your laptop’s slow” Or kidding me their survey Will improve my status quo The preference scheme is useless, It doesn’t stop the calls And if you

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  • Kiosk Lament

    Kiosk Lament0

    Unloved, unnoticed, Barbie pink This pavement obelisk’s in sync With nothing… and yet here it waits: A monolith bereft of mates. Twelve years ago the kiosk came, An iPlus net phone booth, by name. It would, they said, transform our lives, The proud installers swapped high fives. Report graffiti, pay a fine, A streetlight’s out,

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  • The Vital Cup

    The Vital Cup0

    We clutch our coffee cups to us As if they hold our very soul, We grasp them, grip them, cling to them And cart them everywhere we stroll We sip from them, we swig from them, We carry them on bus and train, And yet when we have emptied them Our attitude is inhumane We

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  • Reclaim the Streets

    Reclaim the Streets0

    It’s always so impressive when Our old town pulls together. A tribute to the volunteers (thank heavens for the weather). How lovely would be Surbiton Without the motor cars, A peaceful, tranquil throwback… or was that Life on Mars?

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  • The Orphans

    The Orphans0

    Remember the orphans abandoned in shops: A packet of pasta, a jar of rollmops Stray packs and jars litter the space by the tills; An unripe banana, a packet of pills A small bag of bangers – were they meant for tea? A carton of ricecakes (they’re calorie-free) The scanner goes bip-bip, the shopper’s away,

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