Fall/Winter 2015-2016

Graham Mort


A diamond tip shard
         Of flint, a jade arrowhead
flirted under the saffron
         trumpets of courgette
flowers just beyond my
         brogue’s print on dark
rotted soil; hatched
         from the ragged spawn
a cold spring let into
         our pond; now amphibious,
lunged, miniature;
         perfect the way small
things are. I thought
         I’d catch it for you, open
my fist – my scrolled
         hand like parchment,
like my father’s now –
         show it you to marvel
at. Not a hope: it’s gone
         again, a tiny flickering
miracle, a gleam of eye-
         shine, a dwarf god growing
into lordship of its world,
         peering at thunder clouds,
darkly immanent, blinking
         away raindrops that slide
from leaf hairs, angelica
         green zucchini stems,
magnifying everything.

Graham Mort is Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature at Lancaster University. His latest book of short fiction, Terroir, was published by Seren in May 2015. He is working on a new collection of poems scheduled for 2017.



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