Degna Stone is a poet and performer based in Northumberland.
In 2010 she won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North and her debut chapbook Between the Floorboards was published by ID on Tyne Press. In 2011 she was a runner up in the 2nd Annual James Kirkup Memorial Prize and was selected for Verb New Voices, a BBC/ACE spoken word development programme, which culminated in the performance of her poem Songs from Whenever on BBC Radio 3s The Verb. Her second pamphlet Record and Play is available from Red Squirrel Press.
She performs regularly at venues across the North East and at poetry festivals including StAnza and Durham Book Festival. She has worked with Apples and Snakes, English PEN and New Writing North to deliver creative writing workshops for adults and young people.
She holds an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, edits Deseeded an online poetry anthology and is co-founder of Butcher's Dog magazine.
How to Avoid Giving Unwanted Advice
Hold your tongue still with your teeth.
Feel the sharp white line press down
until it threatens to draw blood.
Slip into the silences
until your head is submerged
resist the urge to surface for air.
Place your advice in a room of mirrors,
consider it from all angles
as it puts on the finishing touches.
Swallow rhetorical questions whole,
dissolve in stomach acid without reply,
and even then, don't wait for a pause
wait to be asked.
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