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The Great Fattening by Stephen Kingsnorth

[tabby title="Poem"] Tight twisted vine trail round the horns,a plait for headdress, lasso bone,dumb ox placated, slaughter grace,strange resignation, mask on face.Vocation, ceremonial,to drip in flames, stripped to the bone,smeared dribble lips, first beast then feast,bright glitter sight for sad...

Mark Eroteme by Stephen Kingsnorth

[tabby title="Poem"] Too tightly write, my guilt I’m told -though formal style scribes fault am told -bewilderment, compression caused,with strict economy of words,and rhythm clipping excess terms,impressionism as required,fresh minted coins in my realm,new sterling currency proposed. Doggerel rhymes I...

Above the clear blue sky by Stephen Kingsnorth

[tabby title="Poem"] Raised poor theology,hymn words displacing good,above the clear blue sky, we sang,there is abode of God.It was first astronautswho broadcast empty space,no lodgings found, so faith misplaced,feet firmly on the ground. Ground of our being foundby peering inside...

Kamikaze Gods by Stephen Kingsnorth

[tabby title="Poem"] Rush salmon trek in weiry climes,a homeland search to fry their eggs,sunny-side up, with rainbow trout,climbing the thunder falling waves,these fliers breaking subterrain,an over-bearing siren call. Oilskins stripped claws and waiting jaws,distracted, others leap unpaused,the spawning, overwhelming cause,though...

Track Changes by Stephen Kingsnorth

[tabby title="Poem"] The most lonely space I ever saw,incomplete, for people-void,white-light site with vacant stare,abandoned cell, no prisoners,insomnia, awake through force,unstaffed pale face, station at night. The starkest change from Adlestrop,fluorescent unknown name strip brokeby bottle thrown or stone from...