Fall/Winter 2015-2016

Penelope Shuttle


I’ve watched you
from day one
growing Babel-high
a world-wonder from the train
and all around
the clouds love you
as much as I do
they cradle your tall head
pillow your young eyes
now you’re the finished thing
from all angles of London
piercing skyline
as if you’re jumping
from here to there all the time
London Bridge to far miles away
how do you get yourself there I ask
so in love with you
I can’t spell my own name
I love you Shard
from the hotel in your shoes
to the red beacon that glows
at your shardish crown
like god’s ever-lit bulldog-breed cigar
from In The Snowy Air, Templar Publications, 2014

Penelope Shuttle lives in Cornwall, UK. Summer 2016 sees the publication of HEATH, a collection co-written with John Greening (Nine Arches Press). Bloodaxe Books will publish her twelfth collection, WILL YOU WALK A LITTLE FASTER, on her seventieth birthday, in May 2017. She is a poetry tutor and mentor with a number of organisations.



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