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 Ten:
- Tracks of Life and Death by Liz Kohn
- A short course of treatment by Tim Love
- Heating disorder by Myriam Frey
- Heirlooms by Rosie Garland
- Mourning by Katherine McMahon
- The Ghost of my Mother is waiting for me in Arrivals by Claire Collison
- Pakistan Zindabad, from Abroad by Hana Riaz
- Adopt a vortex by Han Smith
- Sea Sickness by Eloise Unerman
- British Street Music by Tamim Sadikali
- Pomegranate by Caroline Gonda