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Après

Jamie McKendrick

‘greener / for an alien crop of hogweed higher / than us’

Granta 132

Artichoke

Angélica Freitas

‘amelia, the real woman, / ran away with the bearded lady’

Granta 118

At Thirty

Paula Bohince

‘At thirty, I fled from my life / in a hailstorm and firestorm’

Granta 128

Beyond Sunset

Mary Ruefle

‘Red sadness never appears sad . . . it appears in flashes of passion, anger, fear, inspiration and courage, in dark unsellable visions; it is an upside down penny concealed beneath a tea cosy.’

Granta 110

Bianca Burning

C.K. Williams

‘The sexual terror lions are roaring into my ears as I make my way between their cages’

Granta 132

Bicske

Joanna Walsh

‘For us, discomfort is a hard feeling. / Almost as hard as hate. / Almost as hard as fear.’

Granta 129

Biographical Detail

Ángel González Muñiz

‘The cockroaches in my house complain because I read at night’.

Granta 118

Bird of Fire

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

‘No more, no longer the sweet difference / Between real and dream I knew.’

Granta 115

Black Against the Sky, the Giant Mothers

Selima Hill

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

Granta 121

Blue Sky Thinking

Gillian Clarke

‘Let’s do this again, ground the planes for a while and leave the runways to the racing hare.’

Granta 120

Blueberries

James Lasdun

‘I’m talking to you old man. / Listen to me as you step inside this garden’

Granta 129

Citizen

Claudia Rankine

‘Certain moments send adrenaline to the heart, dry out the tongue’

Granta 133

Come Again/Woods

Maureen N. McLane

‘They party in the woods / as if they were meant for pleasure / not timber.’