Nichola May

Nichola May has worked and studied in Oxfordshire for over twenty years. Initially writing articles for local music magazines and parenting publications such as Oxford for the Under-Eights, she then went on to publish fiction in the anthologies It Could Only Happen in Oxford, Imagine Oxford and Tell Tails. In 2011, during her final year of Oxford University’s Diploma in Creative Writing, she was accepted onto a mentoring scheme with the poetry publisher, Happenstance Press.



Bring me back

as a radish,

let me be

a pepper -rocket;


in your pocket.

Let me be raw globe.


Skin me crimson.

This flesh –

     slice it open.

See my dials fluoresce

a half-life

with you.


Call me your French Breakfast,

your Cherry Belle.

Let me withstand the English

winter well.


Nichola May

Published in Assent Vol 65/2

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