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Granta 149, Europe

Fanciphobia

Colin Herd

‘I wear my fear around me / I fan it out on my pillow’

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From This End of Sadness

Peter Gizzi

‘I did not understand / the code that held / me to the world.’

Granta 146

Two Poems

Jenny George

‘This had happened once before, / when my life first split / into comfort and pain.’

Granta 144

Two Poems

Miriam Bird Greenberg

‘Why wasn’t I better made / to refute assimilation’s maze’

Granta 143

Holy Man

Will Harris

‘I must / have been the only one to catch his eye, to hold it.’

Granta 141

Golgotha

Benoit Jutras

‘Our nation is a spell of nerves and gas. We say yes to monsters, to elegies etched in our palms.’ Translated by Daniel Canty.

Granta 141

Song for Goliath

Kim Fu

‘I see them as a needlepoint sampler, / flowing script that reads: everyone suffers.’

Granta 138

Three Poems

Kim Kyung Ju

‘Underneath the leaves that stack my upper lip / the reindeer do not share their love.’ Translated from the Korean by Jake Levine.

Granta 136

Heavily Redacted

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

‘Syllables are excised by / X-Acto, fed into a shredder / for good measure.’

Granta 136

I’ll Come Later Tomorrow

J.V. Foix

‘all in black, her arms raised in the air, their shadow sketching some malign bird I couldn’t recognize’

Granta 135

Black Rot and Mildew

Leontia Flynn

‘a look I’d managed to accessorize / with raw dermatological distress.’

Granta 135

Out

Leontia Flynn

‘The opposite of simply sitting about / in your head, like an egg in eggshell.’