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 Nine:
- The Place That He Can Never Return To
- The Cyclops
- The Girl with Many Names by Kristin LaFollette
- Three by Deb Scudder
- The Mourner by Louise Burgess
- Margot by Marni Appleton
- Pebbles on a Shore by Lynne E Blackwood
- blindfolded minds by Rachel Hawkins
- Phantom habits by Blakeley Bartee
- Dementia’s Mantra by Mike Ferguson
- Pack Animals