Sarah Maguire was born in London in 1957. A selection of her poems appeared in New Chatto Poets 2. Her first collection, Spilt Milk, was published by Secker & Warburg in 1991. Sarah Maguire is included in the New Generation promotion and will be reading with two other New Generation Poets, Lavinia Greenlaw and W N Herbert, at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Square, Newcastle (091 232 5988) at 8pm tomorrow evening. This poem appears in the current issue of the Poetry Review ( pounds 4.95).