A winner of the Members' Poems competition in the spring 2022 issue of Poetry News. The competition, on the theme of 'Solastalgia', was judged by Sheri Benning.

Clearance Village

by Harriet Torr

There are no workers
honing down,
no hands swinging
the scythe, no sea birds
weaviling the flail
in the tractor’s wake;
yet still I feel them
homing in the dusk
their tools hung to rest,
brass and dust,
a century’s windlass
circuiting the pores
of old saddles
wrinkled leathers breathing
horse dung and sweat.

I drink the stars
in the water’s face
hold in my mouth
the small legends,
my tongue ploughing
the sky’s ruck and fold,
the nudged summits
of a trough’s granite
where a universe
has drowned.

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