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Hades Baedeker

Ken Chen

‘You may need to gaze at death indirectly, through a mirror crafted into a shield.’

Poetry by Ken Chen.

mutiliation with a goal

Elfriede Czurda

‘the density in the brain telescoped and collapsed with a scream’

Poetry by Elfriede Czurda, translated by Rosmarie Waldrop.


Frederick Seidel

‘Poetry is a disgrace on a warm spring day in March. You look at the sky with unconditional love.’

Poetry by Frederick Seidel.

His Idylls at Happy Grove

Ishion Hutchinson

'the sand trenches, where the anonymous / sprung up a permanent humility.'

Poetry from Ishion Hutchinson

Blood comedy

K Patrick

‘Stopping has become a mutual desire. The things we want to stop. Mostly sounds of other people.’

A poem by K Patrick.

Two poems

Madeleine Stack

‘I won her with my grief first / a mess of steaming entrails, enticing / with its gloss.’

Two poems by Madeleine Stack.

Four Poems

Phoebe Power

‘They queue up to pass, lap / like waves beside her, to receive the darshan / from her one, black eye.’

Poetry by Phoebe Power.

Two Poems

Daniel D’Angelo

‘Joy, you know, is murky like melancholy.’

Poetry by Daniel D’Angelo.

Two Poems

Lisa Fishman

‘That the speakers be not named, nor remembered.’

Two poems by Lisa Fishman.

Great North Wood

Jonathan Skinner

‘the woods are vocal / with no single refrain’

Poetry by Jonathan Skinner.

[harbour doubts]

Bebe Ashley

‘I don’t want to lie to you but I don’t want to tell you the truth either.’

Poetry by Bebe Ashley.

Animal Rescue

Martha Sprackland

Will it die? he asks.’

A poem by Martha Sprackland.

Strange Beach

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

‘Worth. It circles around you – / the increasing gap between the surface’

A poem by Oluwaseun Olayiwola.

More Night

Oluwaseun Olayiwola

‘Immeasurable beauty / is immeasurable precisely / until it’s gone –’

A poem by Oluwaseun Olayiwola.