Crocodile (1st prize: 2017 competition)

I know how I will die then in a death roll scales to my cheek claws sunk into my pale shoulders water burning my throat like whiskey the uncountable rows …

The Experiment by Jane Draycott

Dearests I have arrived. Some things have already been taken: the small blue bowls and airmail stationery, the summer tablecloth (only slightly blue) and the darkness is now quite cleared. …

Augurs by Oli Hazzard

during the course of a particular day the word shapen happens sharpens how I see the snow how I know it is what it is only listening to it glistening …

Many Bird Roast

I came in, dandy and present arguing for a moratorium on meat of the kind splayed out on the table, legs akimbo like a fallen-over ice skater skidding on her …

Kissing Edwin Morgan

seems uncanny because he is gay and I am straight and because the day is especially cold. A hungry kisser, kissing him brings out the hive that is him. A …

john

i do not know my grandfather, who is a famous photographer who works primarily in black and white. although i know he is not a large man, i think of …

The Littlest Giant

In the bolted summer grass, he’s just another over-grown boy fiddling the stem of his pen, sipping a cup of tea.                 The …

I Watched a Soldier Aim as the Deaf Boy

I watched a soldier aim as the deaf boy took iron and fire in his mouth – his face on the asphalt, that map of bone and opened valves. It …

mineral intimacy

unabashedly love the minerals of you / I always was a wind-fuckèd gull for the White Cliffs pressd hard & lithic between the lower elements of yr lips / When …

Ancrene Wisse (commended poem: 2016 competition)

                                                                                         for homeless women everywhere OUTER RULE I : Of Devotions They have shaggy quads and, down inside their cowboy boots at least one cloven hoof, and, under silk that …

Colonsay (commended poem: 2016 competition)

From a certain    position it is possible to see a strange          agitation of light as sliding          frames and the slight adjustments of         falling rain assumed into the sea …