‘The poet in Samos’ by Richard Gwyn

The poet in Samos Here are the things you left behind: an old bus ticket to a place with an illegible name, a stack of government files from distinct regimes, a pile of rocks, a copy of Cavafy, well-thumbed. I don’t know how many meals you ate here, by the seaward window. I don’t know whether the shutter kept you awake at night as it … Continue reading ‘The poet in Samos’ by Richard Gwyn

‘We Prayed for a Man Without a Beard’ by Judy Brown

We Prayed for a Man Without a Beard ‘My Tooth broke today. They will soon be gone. Let that pass I shall be beloved—I want no more’ (Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere Journal, Monday 31st June 1802) As the hygienist scrimshaws round my gum I stretch my small mouth wide as horror. She learned on a metal skull with white teeth painted with a black stain to … Continue reading ‘We Prayed for a Man Without a Beard’ by Judy Brown

‘How I Abandoned My Body To His Keeping’ by Kim Moore

    What happened sits in my heart like a stone. You told me I’d be writing about it all my life, when I asked how to stop saying these things to the moon. I told you how writing it makes the dark lift and then settle again like a flock of birds. You said that thinking of the past like birds who circle each … Continue reading ‘How I Abandoned My Body To His Keeping’ by Kim Moore

Three poems by Carrie Etter

Three poems from Imagined Sons     A Birthmother’s Catechism (September 11, 1986) What is the anniversary of loss? A national day of mourning Really now, what is the anniversary of loss? My mother and I watch TV well past her usual bedtime What is the anniversary of loss? Where the swan’s nest had been, widely scattered branches and some crumpled beer cans What is … Continue reading Three poems by Carrie Etter

‘Will You Be My Friend, Kate Moss?’ by Kathryn Maris

  Will You Be My Friend, Kate Moss? My daughter’s in your daughter’s ballet class. I sat beside you at the Christmas show? I really loved the outfit you had on! Three years ago I tried to emulate your look in Grazia: you can’t believe how hard it was to find some knee-high boots, a tunic-dress, and earrings just like yours. The icon of my … Continue reading ‘Will You Be My Friend, Kate Moss?’ by Kathryn Maris