Songster

She was a small singing bird, a young wren you caught in your hand and felt her heartbeat. You chose two rings, one for her foot and then one for…

A Shooting Script 1987

…as if it is all over – tracking shots of a mosque, the muezzin stands for the call to prayer, sings over the young interfaith couple washing off their hands….

The Book

…to children. They determine a horse’s age by its teeth, the age of pains – by their scars. And yet I’m still very young. Here – and it must be…

Waterlights

According to the legend of the White Snake, Bai Suzhen (the white snake which turned into an immortal woman) bought a green snake which she turned into a young girl….

The other

…forget my existence do I age           do you update me like software or am I still young in there, do you hold me             undying from nostalgia or         indifference            …

Tango

“You’re young, so full of self, and that’s why you dance like you’re speed-dating; you’re a moving monologue, uninterruptable; but on the floor you must move like a marriage, maybe…

Jay Bernard

…of 1981 where 14 young black people lost their lives. Surge: Side A was produced by Speaking Volumes and performed at the Roundhouse as part of The Last Word Festival…

Epithalamium

…suddenly the tears. Cold, hardened, the life all dissipated, all over – and this, I know, is your palm, upturned for mine. Our parents, when we were young, teased us,…

Who Am I to Talk?

…the mother who lost all hope and who am I to talk about the young widow with a shovel full of rubble and her single vision of a rising city…

Phrase Book

…thought so and yes the pilots say yes they have caught it through the Side-Looking   Airbone Radar, and through the J-Stars. I am expecting a gentleman (a young gentleman,…

Seán Hewitt

Seán Hewitt was born in 1990. His debut collection, Tongues of Fire (Cape), won the Laurel Prize 2021 and was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year…

Camera Obscura

Eight-year-old sitting in Bramhall’s field, shoes scuffed from kicking a stone, too young for a key but old enough now to walk the short mile back from school. You’ve spied…

I Wear a Set of Lungs as a Necklace

…call, it happened because I had sex too young. My body chimes as it wakes up. It’s broken because my parents have genetic conflicts, blank data spirals. There’s nothing deeper….

Messenger

…were shriven, her eyes the eyesof something fallen, the weight unbearable so we sent her onwards, to beat at the heels of a young god’s sandals, set her away, windward….

For the Fallen

…upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds…

The End of Our Journey

…guests Gather at our home, our oasis. Young ones enlightened, Screaming with popcorn souls. Agitated eyes shining with elation. Laying on the rich ceremonial salver Was a cheery lamb. Without…

Swithun Cooper

…Digest, an edible poetry journal, with Chrissy Williams. Swithun was a Poetry Society Young Poet of the Year in 2000 and Commended in the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize in 2004…

Vanilla moon

…room glows green with plastic stars, comets and crescents. An IKEA mobile strings a green planet, orange rings, yellow stars and a blue rocket. Too young to count days, or…

Akhmatova in the Borscht

…popular when I was young,” she told me, hands fumbling with the knife. “I couldn’t read much of her before I left Russia because they called her anti-Stalin, but I…

Boys

Last June my sister released a young cockerel in the university arboretum after it revealed its gender, crowing experimentally in a hoarse voice. Her husband used to wring the necks…

Lifting the Lid

…the corpuscles see-saw and sink, Silt in the veins. The nurse has battened down The long-sighted eyes that made him a pilot, too young For the navy in a war…

Then in the twentieth century

…against punch lines, and lost in stages all of my upper teeth. Peter Sutcliffe in 1987 confessed to thirteen murders, when I was young we had no television, but we…

Rupert Brooke

…died of blood poisoning from an infected mosquito bite while travelling to Gallipoli in April 1915. Once described as “the handsomest young man in England”, after his death Brooke became…

Running Through Crowds

…I was too ‘refined’ to run through when I was young. He said I could watch the eras shed their skins, and I longed to shed mine. We hung it…

News Reel of Embarkation

…on your way to the war For your mothers won’t laugh at the sound of the guns And the tales of the filth and the gore. Smile and joke young

from 1001 Winters

…spring sun in his eyes and for you young lady… he said slowly and took from somewhere next to the door where there might have been a bin and a…

The best chairs

Tugged out of true until the stitches burst, the chairs we kept for pub talk: the Blair wars, our young friends debunking freedom’s many enemies that plonked themselves in every…

The Living Air

…found just round the corner in the bark of white young trees like the flicker of a flap that you forgot of an old bed blanket breathing quick, dust, dust…

Ian McMillan

…Man (Smokestack, 2014) is a collaboration with cartoonist Tony Husband which tells the story of a young Yorkshire lad caught up in the terrible slaughter of the First World War….

Adele Geras

Adele Geras is an award-winning writer for young children and adults. Her prizes for poetry include the HH Wingate Jewish Quarterly Poetry Award and the Smith/Doorstop Poetry Pamphlet Award jointly…

‘Las Meninas’ Includes the Artist

He placed us carefully as peaches in a bowl of fruit,we stood where he had marked the floor with chalk; except for the infanta, too young to understand how not…

Ghazal : Sister

…johns were done to live, for money – not bold, Sister.   But on dark winter’s nights she’d fight for young queens to be brought in off the roads, Sister….

Wendy Klein

…lived in Sweden, France, Germany and England. Her writing has been influenced by early family upheaval resulting from her mother’s death, her nomadic years as a young single mother and…

The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

…damn! I know it! and I know How the May fields all golden show, And when the day is young and sweet, Gild gloriously the bare feet That run to…

Overreaching

…Soon the banners rose again, the bells proclaiming loud, That the sovereign’s bride was young and fresh, a virgin still and proud. But though the teenage Queen had vowed to…

Juliet on water

a breath, and the notes fall on dark water, hesitant at first, but then sailing, like pale adjacent bodies rising on the blue hips of a  young girl. I think…

Why I Won’t Run Away to Join the Circus

…underpants spotlit for all to see – that takes a kind of doomed romance or barmy bravery. See the dancing brown bear man inside the small prefab? When young he…

In my black hat

…the woman you see sitting in the corner stiffly, slow-speaking, preferring her own company. I am that young student, head on one side, in a black hat, in love with…

Golowan

…drinkers, beyond the thudding of the band a Madonna creates her own space. People keep away where a young girl nurses her baby, sitting on the curb in Chapel Street….

Reduced

…to nothing more than bone. An older man takes his share, and gives it to the young, choosing their life over his own. Perhaps if we turn them to ash….

Somebody’s Husband

…being dead – which I couldn’t, I’d be happy to think that some young woman with a penchant for the past had found my locket in the showcase reserved for…

Megan Beech

…of Cambridge. Her debut collection ‘When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard’ was published by Burning Eye Books in December 2013. Megan was a Young Producer for…

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