by Bethany W. Pope
Third Prize in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2014
Dante cased his suicides in wood;
Every tree bled pain and hard stories, so
Agony lingered as the corpse cooled... Read More...
The Last of England
by Stephen Devereux
Second Prize in the Bare Fiction Prize for Poetry 2014
There are black stumps, now, round
the Liver Building like rotten teeth
in a much-loved mouth and th... Read More...
Let’s send our lovers where cups are sealed
and breath is measured in grams,
where things return to them in circles:
continents, their own recycled air.
Let’s send our lovers outside blue,
wh... Read More...
The smell of them is gone: dust-dry, the fear of fire,
I used to brush clouds of it from my hair.
They were reserved, a parliament of silence,
words laced tight inside each slender page.
The first... Read More...
Our day was daffodils. I opened my eyes
in equinoctial dawn, shaped by winds
and cloud saw buds crack that
would be fruit for our descendants.
No gloom until an evening star
told me I was ageing.... Read More...
I came a long way to find you
Across the snow-ridged top with its black gash of road
Its single tree its burden of sky
And the figures buried deep in the ice.
Now I’m waiting at the station bu... Read More...
Happened to someone else,
some place else. Until now,
I greet these hot, wet, wide eyes.
Here comes that red double-decker
bus, with this same number,
that I rode from South London
to thos... Read More...
The Sword Swallower
First it’s cutlery, missing
from the kitchen table.
Steak knives clinking
under your school jumper –
holes in the sleeves cut
by your elbows, threads you unravel
in Geograph... Read More...
It’s the ways our tongues get folded, stealing
away my speech. It’s open mouths writing
letters, lipped words placed softly in ears
precisely. It’s shadows that aren’t what they
used to... Read More...
Poetry reading by Jemma L. King.
Jemma is a founding member of the Centre for Women’s Writing and Literary Culture and has read and published her work internationally. Her debut collection The Shap... Read More...