Stephen Porter


‘This is Brazil’
someone said
but it was impossibly small.

More like Scotland
or the Basque Country
enclosed in modest mountains
under grey feathers
of snow.

the back of my head
on a pillow of sand
a canopy of high palms
veering above me,
I hear the vaguely threatening drone
of mosquito engines.

This is Brazil,
a mosaic of remote villages
and city states
on a giant canvas
that two syllables struggle to contain.


Copyright © Stephen Porter 2014
Steven Porter has published two short volumes of poetry: Shellfish and Umbrellas from Koo Press and 16 Poem(a)s in English and Galician from Knives, Forks & Spoons Press. More info at


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