Portrayal: A Double Portrait
‘You can’t control your face / The Empire has over-reached / Expressions // Have become flags’
‘I haven’t learned very much in my life, I’ve just become a more / Choreographed disaster’
Song for Goliath
‘I see them as a needlepoint sampler, / flowing script that reads: everyone suffers.’
The Blue Clerk
‘Now you are sounding like me, the clerk says. I am you, the author says.’
The Passing of the Contemplative Life
‘she was not among those / I’d expected I might meet’
The Remains of the Day
‘I am lying in the foetal position on a beach in the east of England.’
The Republic of Motherhood
‘a cardigan / soft as a creature, smelling of birth and milk’ – New poetry from Liz Berry.
‘Underneath the leaves that stack my upper lip / the reindeer do not share their love.’ Translated from the Korean by Jake Levine.
‘May it not be / that they owe their fleshiness / to the cumulative effect?’
‘By the dog the minced oaths, / the god-wounds, the solemnly / declared chronical maladies.’