Tim Love

 

 

 

Stranger tractor

The chaos of story creation settles into
seven plots. A key turns, releasing birds
from a 5-barred gate, a 1-bar atonal stave,
to peck like words in churned furrows.

Somewhere, a dripping tap.

Blind mice are trapped in a shrinking rectangle of
uncut wheat. Metal detectors stroke fallow fields
for resolution. Round and round again, you shake
your fist at relic-hunters stealing your memories.

Somewhere, a clicking clock.

The slowest wings are the saddest, each beat a final
heave towards the shore. Buckets of water are poured
over a stranded whale until it dies and is towed
to the fields, treadmarks swallowed by endless tides.

 

 

 
Tim Love’s publications are a poetry pamphlet Moving Parts (HappenStance) and a story collection By all means (Nine Arches Press). He lives in Cambridge, UK. His poetry and prose have appeared in Stand, Rialto, Magma, Unthology, etc. He blogs at http://litrefs.blogspot.com/

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Dipo Baruwa-Etti

 

 

 

Seats

Before a table of white
People, I stand with ballet
Slippers strapped/soft soles
Head pointed towards the angels.

A dance, I commence. Pirouette
Grand adage, en point
Followed by flight as a helium
Addicted balloon.

Circling a table of white
People, I act as the Central
Line: quick/convenient/
Struggling to breathe.

A dance, I conclude. Magic
Hopefully proven
Gate optimistically opened
Handcuffs gracefully broken.

 

 

 

 

 

Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright and poet. He has been published in The Good Journal, Amaryllis, and had his work showcased nationwide as part of End Hunger UK’s touring exhibition on food insecurity.

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Vote for Your IS&T Pick of the Month for June 2019

This month our shortlist embraces everything from Death to DIY. Melanie Branton exposes the underbelly in ‘Cemetery’ while the Hell that is flat pack furniture has made its way into Helen Rye‘s excellent and beautifully constructed (!) short story – published on National Flash Fiction Day – and Arji Manuelpillai‘s fine and melancholy poem. On the way we meet Sally Michaelson‘s heartbreaking ‘Night Raider’ and experience an exhilarating journey or two with Tom Bennett ‘Travelling Light’ and Colin Crewdson on ‘The Road to Kars’!

All six works have been chosen by Helen or Kate or received the most attention on social media. They can be found below or by clicking on ‘Vote for your June 2019 Pick of the Month′ in the Categories list to your right on the screen.

Please VOTE HERE. Voting will close at 9pm on Wednesday 17th July.

The winner each month will be sent a £10 book giftcard or, if preferred, a donation of the same amount will be made to a chosen charity. In the event of the winner being from outside the UK mainland, we will make every effort to provide a reasonable alternative. All shortlisted poetry Picks, provided they remain unpublished and meet other eligibility criteria, will be considered as IS&T submissions for the annual Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. (‘Frequency Violet’ by Kate Edwards was a Pick of the Month for November 2017 and was Highly Commended by the 2018 judges. It features in The Forward Book of Poetry 2019.)

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Rosie Driffill

 

 

 

Snow Globe

Twilight and a snow globe
find her watching. Slow-tip flurry
of chalk flocks a partial scene,
the postcard side; no 80s red,

No hurricane lamps for sale, no
stainless steel, going cheap, then kept
for best. No lonely morning walks
in this little orb.

She puts the globe in her mouth.
She imagines, the flakes dance
as they would, of course, when seen
in twilight hues. But beyond her little mouth

The twilight dies. It does not find
the humps of half-rot carrion, brown-penny stamps
of ulcer, or the anthills
in her ovary.

 

 

Rosie Driffill is a writer from Yorkshire. She is as passionate about performance as she is about the written word, and goes gaga for open mic nights. Her debut pamphlet Seeds, which explores nature’s demise, was published in 2016. Twitter: @RosieDriffill

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Susan Castillo Street

 

 

 

Pact

The lawn’s carpeted with yellow leaves.
Gardeners on a mission, we rake them
into doubloon mounds. The air is sharp and clear.

In the sky I hear a distant plane. Closer by,
the sounds of children’s voices.
Our eyes meet. No need for words.

I hold this closeness fast,
know that winter’s on its way.
I’d sell my soul to make this moment last.

 

 

Susan Castillo Street is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor Emerita, King’s College London.  She has published three collections of poems, The Candlewoman’s Trade (Diehard Press, 2003), Abiding Chemistry,  (Aldrich Press, 2015), The Gun-Runner’s Daughter, (Aldrich, 2018) and a pamphlet, Constellations (Three Drops Press, 2016).    Her poem ‘Bird of God’ won first place in the 2018 Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Competition. Blog: www.thesalamanderandtheraven.

 

 

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Dan Stathers

 

 

 

The Boundary

Dug in the gum of a field
the stone stile sits,
boot-worn and old
with the hedgerows;
its aged, slate skin
bone-hard and clammy
as I lean my hands
on its beaten brow.

On the other side
a coat of emerald grass
hugs the claggy, brown earth
and wagtails weave
in the hawthorn.

I turn back,
following the ploughed
furrows home –
the empty beds
of last season’s harvest.

 

 

Dan Stathers is a writer from the South Hams.

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