The indifferent scale.
The quarry, the calcite,
the silicon, the mine,
the lorry, the sulphite,
nanocarbon, the time.
Yet you breed.
Overuse, worlds of health.
The mangroves, the fishing,
the resulting, the dams,
the lostwove, the locking,
polyhalite, the cans.
Yet you survive.
You see all this, all this loss,
and somehow scavenge a thriving
from our killing your home.
You are enough to give a man hope.
About the Contributor
Ben Gwalchmai is a maker, worker, & writer who was W.N.O.’s writer-in-residence, a Historical Novel Society ‘Editor’s Pick’ for his novel Purefinder, and a shortlisted poet in the Melita Huma Poetry Prize 2016.
The Complete Stories - Amy Hempel
he's the best damn short story writer I've ever known and her works - short, sharp knives or memories or forgivings and graces - have the most remarkable habit of leaving you both bereft and elated at your loss, knowing you've somehow sluiced someone's else's loss [or shame or need] with them. When they're not loss, they're the pollen in the hot air bringing the gnats to frenzy, gifting you the sight as you read in the shade. This collection is, quite simply, heartbreaking. For all the best reasons.
More from Issue Nine:
- The Place That He Can Never Return To by Linda Mannheim
- The Cyclops by Karen Foster
- 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
- Endurance by Gerard McKeown
- Pack Animals by Anita Goveas