A winner of the Poetry News Members' Poems competition on the theme of 'Loss', judged by Carrie Etter, and subsequently on the Forward Prize shortlist in the Best Single Poem category.

In That Year

by Kim Moore

And in that year my body was a pillar of smoke
and even his hands could not hold me.
And in that year my mind was an empty table
and he laid his thoughts down like dishes of plenty.
And in that year my heart was the old monument,
the folly, and no use could be found for it.
And in that year my tongue spoke the language
of insects and not even my father knew me.
And in that year I waited for the horses
but they only shifted their feet in the darkness.
And in that year I imagined a vain thing;
I believed that the world would come for me.
And in that year I gave up on all the things
I was promised and left myself to sadness.
And then that year lay down like a path
and I walked it, I walked it, I walk it.

The Poetry Review, 105:3, autumn 2015.
The Poetry Review – autumn issue out now.

“The right word, silences and syllables / Audible at the water’s windy edge.” (from ‘Fifty Years’ by Michael Longley)

Michael Longley, Julia Copus, Billy Ramsell, Phillis Levin, Carol Rumens, Helen Mort and Julian Stannard are among the many contributors to the autumn edition of The Poetry Review – an issue that investigates poetry’s power to provoke and subvert through the work of the controversial American poet Frederick Seidel and the mischievous creativity of Afghan women’s ‘landays’. Sarah Howe and Mark Waldron explore the literary output of Peter Streckfus and Jeff Hilson, and there are reviews of new collections by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Mark Doty, Mona Arshi, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Annie Freud, Andrew McMillan and many more. Selected highlights are published on the issue webpage. Sarah Hanson has produced the issue’s beautiful cover. Look out for Carol Rumens’s upcoming ‘Behind the poem‘ feature on her poem, ‘Glosa on “Woman of Spring” by Joan Margarit’.

Join us at the issue launch in Birmingham on 29 October. Billy Ramsell, Gregory Leadbetter, Helen Mort and Julian Stannard will read – RSVP essential.

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1 October 2015.

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