Unable to be still and live,
I emptied rooms, scoured
and sanded, repainted walls,
laid floors, changed gravity
with new objects. Nothing’s
left that was familiar; you
would not feel welcome here.
About the Contributor
Ian Dudley has published poems in various magazines, and was a 2014 Jerwood/Arvon poetry mentee. He is featured in Eyewear’s The Best New British And Irish Poets 2016.
Le Grand Meaulnes - Alain-Fournier
Le Grand Meaulnes is a book of loss, but it speaks to me because of the wonder and joy and love that Meaulnes experiences during the party at the chateau. To be alive, you must have something to lose.
More from Issue Seven:
- Offshore Sakhalin Island by Hideko Sueoka
- She Looks (A Sestina) by Nicki Hastie
- Stigma by Abeer Ameer
- Lassaba by Lisa Kiew
- If Fong Has Already Been Born by Alberto Ramirez
- Aftermath by David Hanlon
- Mother by Georgina Norie
- Eating History by Clementine Ewokolo Burnley
- We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by Malcolm Devlin
- Setting Free the Spirits by Susmita Bhattacharya
- What Country’s This? by Alexandra Cocksworth
- BEatIn is just a snow blizzIard by Erkembode