‘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

Two poems by Andrew Forster

  Power The last time the electricity failed, we watched through the window in settling dusk as vans rumbled into the field next door and workers in yellow tunics gathered by the telegraph pole like pilgrims. Floodlights, like artificial moons, cast the grass in a white sheen. One worker shimmied up, others rapt beneath, mumbling what looked like prayers. No sudden blaze, but as they … Continue reading Two poems by Andrew Forster