Issue 18: Astrid Alben
(Tom Raworth Memorial)


Re: Tom Raworth

Lines unravelling endlessly

in the naked mind lines

propelled at equidistance

flying at the same speed

flying with the mesmerising magnetism

that draws them through

thought like the most perfect cloud.

Astrid Alben is a poet, editor and translator. Her most recent collection Ai! Ai! Pianissimo is published by Arc Publications. Her work is widely published and has been translated into several languages. Her next collection, Plainspeak, an alter-ego-thinking-out-louder book, will be ready this year. To hear her poems visit or Granta and BBC Radio 4 Four Thought iPods.