Fall/Winter 2015-2016

Richard Skinner


A choir, beats, orbs of rain explode on the window.
Outside, the fields spread bleakly, the rivers are in spate,
blooming and ripening in their squalid courses. Larches

and spires are tracing paper in the general gloom.
Mounds are pregnant pauses. The long now
is stretched unbearably. The present shock runs

and runs along the rails. The invisible blur.
The urge to elucidate, explain, kills the moment
stone dead. What is left is wood, not trees,

only traces, hashtags. We are incapable of a lie,
yet there is no belief here, yet more leaves fall
blocking the way for those to come.

Richardís poems have appeared in numerous publications and have been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. He has published two books of poems: the light user scheme (Smokestack, 2013) and Terrace (Smokestack, 2015). He is also the editor of two poetry anthologies: #1PoetryAnthology (Vanguard Editions, 2014) and The Ecchoing Green: Poems Inspired by William Blake (The Big Blake Project, 2015).



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