Current issue

SOUTH 60

SOUTH 60 was published in September 2019.

Richard Williams is the featured poet in this issue. Denise Bennett has provided a profile and made a selection of Richard's poems.

A taster poem appears below.

CALENTURE

South Parade Pier mid-November
peeling paintwork, empty promenade,
flecks of silver scales in rain.
Wind moaning around a rusting ribcage,
the low alment of the distant drowned
in shifting shells of ships at sea.

These rotting hulks beneath the Solent;
from silt-sheeted beds the dead rise up,
to float with fish just under the surface
translucent skin and crestfallen eyes,
puckered white fingers through churning waves,
they stroke the sides of hulls that pass.

Glittering steel and walls of glass,
slab-sided ferries slao holes in the surf.
Gulls picked up and flung into the sky
are dumped in their wake like falling stars
that burn out hearts that cannot cross,
divided past and futures lost.

© Richard Williams

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