Granta | The Magazine of New Writing

Explore poetry


Come Again/Woods

Maureen N. McLane

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

Coming Night

James Schuyler

‘what did you think of, / how long did you wait’

Cooley High: 1991

Aracelis Girmay

‘Please stay with me as I / replay the last touch.’


Gillian Allnutt

‘We waited quietly for the Queen who wasn’t there’


Danez Smith

‘the boy claps me between / his hands & i break apart like glitter’


Salman Rushdie

‘Let me tell you, boyo, bach: I love this place, where green hills shelter me from fear.’


Paul Farley

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

Dark Night

Ben Okri

‘On a night when my soul was damp / I found in the street a dark lamp. / The moon was cold and green, / The sky had a sinister sheen’


Fiona Benson

‘I head down the path hoping she’ll come / but when I look back she’s gone and my own voice / snags at her name like barbed wire on skin.’


Ben Lerner

‘We need to harness the vaguely erotic disappointment that attends the realization you aren’t being followed.’


Jane Yeh

‘Her / Secrets play on continuous loop, // Like a B-movie.’

Dog Days

James Lasdun

‘Blizzard died. I’m remembering / his limitless affection.’

Don’t Flinch

Adrienne Rich

‘Lichen-green lines of shingle pulsate and waver / when you lift your eyes. It’s the glare.’

Drama Lessons for Young Girls

Tara Bergin

‘So the young girls, / cast as naughty young girls from the Acropolis, / left – / just with some things missing.’

Eel Tail

Alice Oswald

‘untranslatable hissed interruptions / unspeakable wide chapped lips’

Eight pieces in imitation of Thomas A. Clark

Matthew Welton

‘what it is about the earth / that it won’t absorb the stream’

Einstein on the Beach

Hugh Seidman

‘So many thugs in any century how crush them all? / All passports stamped for the underworld’


Sean O’Brien

‘It seems there's no such thing as history. / We must have dreamed the world you've vanished from.’


Raven Leilani

‘I sent messages in nine point font / arcing through the Internet, asking him / do you believe in our heavenly Father?’

End of the Pier Show

Michael Hofmann

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


Adrienne Rich

‘Consider yourself / a trombone blowing unheard.’

Enjaracon Sponaeda

Will Alexander

‘how can all the pressures of surveillance / fail to describe me?’


Gary Barwin

‘the heart is an ocean-sized drum / a rat-sized jellyfish’


Charles Simic

‘Could they be the same person?’


Richard Meier

‘At midnight on our third and final date / I stepped inside her Edwardian conversion / to find a stripped-pine, bookless space.’

Face to Face

Tomas Tranströmer

ʻThe birds refused to fly and the soul / grated against the landscape.ʼ


Feng Sun Chen

‘Every day, I see a monstrosity in the kissing hole.’

Flying Towards a Country of Rain

Wang Yin

‘Paper phantoms sit beside me / watching a two-hour movie.’

Force Visibility

Solmaz Sharif

‘Full or empty / was impossible to see.’

Fortunate It Is If Her Skirts Do Not Catch Fire

Amy Gerstler

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

Four Poems

Peter Robinson

‘I swelter in the dusk / and chase the flies, abstractedly, / until I half forget them.’

Fourth Person Singular

Nuar Alsadir

‘The wet in the air is like signal anxiety: life is about to / change.’