Comments 31

Wrung Out

Today is a tumble dryer day,

where I fall from the drum

crumpled, creased, confused,

humming with static,

limbs limp with heat,

and one sharp shock

from folding altogether.


I have finally decided on a name for the collection of poems that I’m planning on publishing at the end of this year.

All In The Blood.

I’ve written so much about myself and my family that it seemed like an apt name. Now all I need to do is finalise the poems, the order, the cover art, and the publication date.


This entry was posted in: Poetry
Tagged with: , , ,


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Hah! A “dryer” doldrum drumming day. LOVE this one!
    Great name for your upcoming publication!

    • Thank you Lillian. I was playing with the idea of submitting to a few more pamphlet competitions and decided to just take the plunge and self publish.

  2. Kudos for the grit and courage to self publish; a route most poets take today. I considered ,on line Amazon printing, but the unedited books presented there were poor company to keep.

  3. scotthastiepoet says

    Like the crisp, clear style you bring to this Carol and look forward to reading you on a wider selection of themes – so your new collection makes perfect sense to me! I would say you were ready… So good for you and hope all goes well…

  4. Carol, This is marvelous. I like the wording and the concept. It resonated with me.
    These are my favorite lines,
    “crumpled, creased, confused,
    humming with static,”
    Good luck on your book.

  5. Beverly Crawford says

    I like the dryer drum idea. Haven’t we all been there at one time or another!! Great write. Good luck on your publishing exploits!

    • The plan is to self-publish through amazon. The collection will be about fifty poems long (forty three have been written and currently getting edited/polished), and I have a couple of friends who are helping me to edit and proof the manuscript. Once I’m happy that it’s ready (probably about autumn) I’ll start looking for reviewers to send some copies to and launch it at a few poetry nights around the UK. (At least that’s the plan)

  6. BoardFlak says

    I really like this poem; it puts me in mind of a jumpsuit or similar garment having arms and legs coming out of the dryer. A person put through that experience (and I can imagine a few events which would feel that way) would probably feel much worse than the garment.

    Congratulations on the book; I like the title. I put together a booklet with a title page and 39 pages of my favorite poems which I have printed and given to a number of people, but I have yet to work up the courage to think about publishing an actual book.

    • I self published twenty odd poems about five years ago. I cringe to look at them now but it taught me a fair bit about self publishing.
      Your booklet sounds like a lovely gift though.

  7. Anonymous says

    nice alliteration throughout, and the title you’ve chosen for your collection is perfect. j

Please take the time to tell me what you think, I love receiving feedback. :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.