from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Friday, 16 August 2013

two things that are important in a poem...

...the words

and the silence between them.


Every word you put into a poem counts

space is a crucial component

space is not just ‘less is more’

it’s about


what you don’t say

what breathes behind the poem

and remembering that these words


unfold from

and unfurl into


and silence

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