This poem was published in The Poetry Review, spring issue, 2017.

Hear Gillian Allnutt in conversation about her poems in this issue with the Editor, Emily Berry, in our Poetry Review Podcast.

abutment

by Gillian Allnutt

but for the askance in her

but for the biding in abeyance of her

but for the clairvoyance that came to her like a grandmother

but for the expanse of love in her the lark in the clear air

but for the auld acquaintedness with violence in her

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