To Celebrate ‘Light’ for National Poetry Day: Jody Porter, Stephen Bone, Angela Topping






In these heat days

when the sun displays a fiery godhead

and ordains the liquefaction of Tarmac


and the deadest of nights bring a crackle of crickets

and all the bedrooms burn in airless struggle


to turn the pillow then and face its coolness

is like the ocean’s hand upon your cheek

and is the sweetest saviour after love.



Jody Porter is poetry editor of The Morning Star. His work has appeared in Magma, Best British Poetry (Salt) and elsewhere. Originally from Essex, he now lives in London and runs events at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.





I watch the shallow rise

and fall of your chest

as you sip thimblefuls

of air. Listen to the clock

move on the day, the tea trolley

come and go. I tidy your bottles,

touch your face. Tidy them again.

I pour water, wind your watch.

Open the blind; a windfall

of sunlight drops around your bed.

I gather it up.




Stephen Bone‘s work has appeared in various journals in the U.K.  and U.S. First collection In The Cinema, available from and from Amazon.







Dawn rises slowly over the Straits,

creeping light slips through the mist.

The pines observe like sage old men.

Across the water, mountains

keep fast their secrets. I would

bring you a morning such as this

to walk through woods in, our skin

turning from blue to ivory as broad day

replaces the shreds of night.




Angela Topping has published seven full collections and three chapbooks, all with reputable publishers. In 2013 she held a writer’s residency at Gladstone’s Library and won first prize in the Buzzwords competition judged by David Morley Her poems have appeared in over 50 anthologies and many magazines such as Poetry Review and London Magazine.

From The Way We Came (bluechrome 2007)





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