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Fortunate It Is If Her Skirts Do Not Catch Fire

Amy Gerstler

‘I must remember god is not my private / secretary.’

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Inheritance

Sadaf Halai

‘It made the sound of / a small balloon dropping.’

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Black Against the Sky, the Giant Mothers

Selima Hill

‘Black against the sky the giant mothers / are whispering together in the moonlight’

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Yakisoba

Hiromi Itō

‘Who connects with the next woman / With tens and hundreds and thousands of women.’

Granta 112

PK 754

Yasmeen Hameed

‘Tell me, what is this cry of pain in the air?’

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Remembered Summer

Troy Jollimore

‘Our conversations faltered, the celestial musicians / took a break between sets, and all the little engines / we had so painstakingly gathered and constructed / lapsed into stillness for a few brief moments.’

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The Door Was Open and the House Was Dark

Seamus Heaney

‘I called his name, although I knew / The answer this time would be silence / That kept me standing listening while it grew.’

Granta 106

Seen

Fanny Howe

‘Every cupboard is old, / every glass and cup / wiped clean.’

Granta 105

Two Poems

Jack Gilbert

‘Loneliness is the mother’s milk of America. / The heart is a foreign country whose language none / of us is good at. ’

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Cyan

Paul Farley

‘I’m holding out. / I’m blue in the face.’

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End of the Pier Show

Michael Hofmann

‘They were fascinated / by what they seemed to have contained.’

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The Joy of Difficulty

Lavinia Greenlaw

‘did you breathe differently / as if equipped with an aqualung’