Loaned and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Loaned Genetic tree, pooled influence, that xylem flow from roots beneath, the tap that feeds, mycorrhiza, gives fibre to our feeble deeds, hard graft applied where stock is tired - these masks and manes that launch our path. But nothing fixes final mould, though zeitgeist seeks to overlay; our choices set by … Continue reading Loaned and Other Poems

Curl and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Curl The rising shave of chiselled wood, the great wave off Kanagawa, the calligraphic curve of grace, or ringlet hair around the ear. The sabre swipe of crescent moon, the dancing turn of treble clef, the cosmic turn gyrating spheres, or circling cornet ice-cream filled. Plantagenet pods' twisting spring, turning water past … Continue reading Curl and Other Poems

Notebooks and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Notebooks The beetle carried rainbow, iridescence in the black; it scurried from my bootstraps, submerged, buried beneath muck. Colour frequent underground, stealing treasure from our eyes, good reason for us digging, to unearth the pirate’s horde. I notice it when talking to shy backward-stepping folk - reluctant rays from limelight, momentary centre … Continue reading Notebooks and Other Poems

Piggeldy and Other Poems

By Stephen Kingsnorth Piggeldy Higgeldy history my herd,cottages hugging by the sward-play place for boys, both buckler, shield,of nightly virtue, on the verge -grown up now to framed panes cleaning,climbing ginnel rooves, swear-slating,complaining of the price of nails;crossword streets, by square set laid outare unknown strangers to our air.Above, the blacksmith, bellow noised,barging the lad … Continue reading Piggeldy and Other Poems