Fall/Winter 2015-2016

Helen Mort


     after Robert MacFarlane’s ‘Landmark’s

Glocken –
for the late snow
belly flopping off your neighbour’s roof.

Glocken –
for the Encliffe pond
refusing a duck’s tread.

Glocken –
for the Fargate stallholders
with clenched, defrosting hands

And Glocken –
for the aunt-warmth
of the Fat Cat on a Friday night

Glocken –
for your glass of Talisker
its kiss a lovebite.

Glocken –
for the hills
remembering where they start

Glocken –
for Burbage, its parts
a grey accordion

And Glocken –
for my heart in March,
remembering the light

Glocken -
for our bodies, glocken
for this quickening

Glocken -
for the vowels
in our speech

when we
look to the window and say
glocken, glocken, glockening.

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection ‘Division Street’ won the Fenton Aldeburgh first collection prize in 2014. She is a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at The University of Leeds. Her next collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ is forthcoming from Chatto & Windus in 2016



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