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Sam Payne

My Botanist, aged three In the garden where a mother can find peace in the shade of a magnolia tree, I watched my botanist, aged three, study the molecular structure of a leaf. Her tiny fingers held it up to … Continue reading

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Phil Wood: Two poems

Cafe The bowl of cawl warming your chat, but through the glass Castell Harlech sits squat and broods. The stone fed fat on local blood must grip the land – for here, both you and I, say ‘diolch’. We walk … Continue reading

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Judith Taylor

Abbeyhill I haven’t been anywhere, or done anything. When I had falling dreams, I fell out of some bright fairground ride towards this corner of the grass beside the toolshed. And there’s the wall with the honeysuckle gatepost I was … Continue reading

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Mike Ferguson

Reasons for Going to War Speaking of shins, mine are whores with enticing come-ons to any accidental knocks or scuffs or outright attacks as long as new scabs and then scarring can be added to the existing mass destruction after … Continue reading

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Stefanie Bennett

APOLOGUE Since there’s the scarcity Of timbre to it, what Is it that’s Been fleeced From me? Separate tables! A bogus Wine waiter! And The tuning-fork Of a sublet Indefinable Symphonic Score! Be quick. Either way The minions Play; and … Continue reading

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Mark Farley

Smallangry On my way to the classroom I passed the smallangry – the smallangry fourth year I’d seen hitting a bush. The bush had done nothing. It just sat there – bushing. But the boy was smallangry. He took it … Continue reading

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Arlene A Grizzle

Ode To My Father There is a firm knock on the door to your soul.  You’ve left the door unlocked for too long; Death politely seeks entry. His lulling tune calls out to the weary making sweet his promise of … Continue reading

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