Flakes by Iain Britton

each summer the same paddock

liquefies into pools /          the same family

cuts its livelihood from the soil

……..(i belong here)

i flick off flakes of history /         a virgin

……..appears incandescently

under a tree / she shimmers amongst leaves /

the family place flowers at her feet

for her to eat /           each summer

…….i live in this unaltered state /

i come here / a tattooed youth

muscles thinly packaged /        my body paint

glistening / the picture never changes / magpies

dig at wheat /      at grubs /      they follow night’s

shadows /     they squabble & tear up strips

of dark glossy paper / i turn away /       & the world’s

window cracks



Work has recently been published by Litmus Publishing, Blackbox Manifold, Molly Bloom (UK) E.ratio, Free Verse, Harvard Review (US) Cordite, Contrappasso (Aust). More poems have just been published or are forthcoming with Plume (US) The Interpreter’s House, Long Poem Magazine (UK) and Cyphers (Ireland).

Since 2008, I’ve had five collections of poems published: Hauled Head First into a Leviathan, (Cinnamon Press), was nominated for Best First Collection category in the Forward Poetry Prizes, 2008. Further UK books followed, with work also included in the Shearcatcher Poetry Anthology published by Shearsman Books, 2012. A new collection of poems photosynthesis was published by Kilmog Press )NZ) 2014.

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