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Thrive: A Lyric Sequence

Jill Bialosky

‘Sometimes we could not see / anything before us. That’s what it / required.’

Tissue

Tishani Doshi

‘Even if you could walk through the corridors / of your body, you would not know which rooms / to enter, which were full of stone.’

Self

Tishani Doshi

‘We all want to be / monuments but can’t help shoving our fingers / in dirt.’

Collective

Tishani Doshi

‘If you need proof you’re alive, regard the oar / in your hand.’

from the knotweed sonnets

Andrew McMillan

‘sometimes I need / the sound of something pulled up from the roots / and tossed aside’

Nation

Tishani Doshi

‘Understand friend, the conscience is a delicate broth. / Sometimes it feels good to be bad.’

Species

Tishani Doshi

‘Will it be for them / as it was for us, impossible to imagine oceans where there are now / mountains?’

Click-Wrap

Ida Börjel

‘You know about my / emotional drinking, and my night walks and my / fragmented heart-to-heart conversations.’

Cosmos

Tishani Doshi

‘Remember when we were / young and the end was a black hole at the edge of forever, / a million light years away.’

Already Two

Vladimir Mayakovsky

‘I’m in no hurry; I’ll not storm your dreams’

Mudchute

Tom Betteridge

‘held at the curve of the eye / for a dream of shared life’

Three Poems

Hannah Regel

‘It makes no difference / If the devil has been defeated or if it is your character’

Vertigo & Ghost

Fiona Benson

Two poems by Fiona Benson, whose Vertigo & Ghost is shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020.

The Orphans

Don Mee Choi

‘One starless night, I was stranded. Needless to say, foreigners are often stranded.’