Issue 3: Giles Goodland


Fixing things slowly, the spider spacewalks.

On petals' wet metal daybroken clouds

bleed and leave. Objects

are the same in being not the same, down to

roots in air, tongues, fibres.

A fencepost surfaces in a misty field.

When I move inside my clothes

the electricity is being

gathered in screens.

Crawling towards the sky,

the tree earths its fruit in us.

The grass at the miniature hour is brittle,

mathematical birds are not singing for you.

Brain is crumpled inside

and statements fall like crows, predominant

ash of person as the lyrical wind

bewilders the leaves.

The burnish grass and stalked birds

and trumpet-tongued flowers and livestock,

all alive, listening, are full of their meat.

Giles Goodland is the author of Capital (Salt, 2006), A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan, 2001), Overlay (Odyssey, 1999) and Littoral (Oversteps, 1996). He lives in London and works in Oxford.