Manchester Airport by Michael Peverett


someone I knew

drew in her nest breath


by fiber repose


beyond the full December hotel

like a covered annexe

through the empty airport


inter lube steel




viaduct travellators,

under its engineered roof

slung bottle-bin


night-lit, nearly empty,  clear my head


of its hall of trolleys




I took a snowy breath; I paused


and glanced out to the terminals;


taxi-ing craft, becalmed so late;


upward, as if to a belfry:


the southern night sky

and its distance; a pucker of the folds:

vegetation, fire, or birds?


something happened to dismay us





you looked via cool

                mile-long ringway return


body disembarked onto

castle shelves


came ads for greenspace

               back-lit caffeine hit


New Scientist rail and a rhythm of taxi phones

               Swissair: continuous, background resonance

see you again

   of something.

Mile of ring-pull warmth


gull of the hood jogging breeze

a shoe-in scarf


cabin-crew heels, claret lipstick

      if you switched to E-lites


panes flashed as I passed:

             the constant chuckle in the vents


you touching me drunk


          faster by the glass, postcard

serving Broughton Cliff, Kersal Moor


pick up my beat and flail with the spirit of seventy fire


           like one in sunshot tins beside a deck

Tulane Wilaayat has shooting boots

it’s yesterday once more

you’re thirsty and hungry

you’re shrivelled

oh! cheerleader

and pip sliding

on a box of wings


as if to the tune of

“Bats in the Belfry”

lowered to execute

the tiers in old hall



I lay and smoked… around me, the night thickened.


in the lake mist, in a clearing


the spiral of a buzzard


spread fan, wisp of a dawn fire,


as if the momentum of the ringway


drew up into the dark


a pilgrim’s spiral


I rested in the hugeness of triliphons


celestial board-meetings


flecked wingbeats



Is it summer, mamma?



Michael Peverett is an IT engineer who lives in Swindon. He writes about modern poetry in Intercapillary Space

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