IAIN BRITTON — THREE POEMS


•   March 31 2016 // poetry   •

Three poems by Iain Britton

 

Unpacking

i enjoy risks
a confrontation
the unpacking
of food daily
& a mouthful
of small black seeds

 

Wet Clay

amongst the esplanade’s
herbaceous vaudeville of spring light
i smell wet clay on your breath /
a brown beetle caged in my hand
                wrestles with the sky

 

Loopholes

at the lake
a calligraphy
of place names
points fingers
& the town
steps up
once a year to
climb a staircase
of clouds
plaited
like ropes / alert
trespassers
choose
to capitalize
on the astral
differences /
they know
all the loopholes
the archaeological
entanglements
of early
mornings

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Since 2008, Iain Britton has published five collections, with work also included in the Shearcatcher Poetry Anthology published by Shearsman Books, 2012. Hauled Head First into a Leviathan (Cinnamon Press) was nominated for Best First Collection category in the Forward Poetry Prizes, 2008. A new collection of poems, photosynthesis, was published last year by Kilmog Press (NZ).