A baby blackbird hops madly at the base of an oak
unable to get lift. It lurches from tree to tree,
A conker falls too soon. When the child stamps
she finds only a pale heart nestled in velvet,
Offal falls from the womb. Crocuses sprout under paving.
A chicken spots a streak of wet yolk and crumples,
These are noises in the throat, not yet formed.
Rachel Bower is the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press, July 2018) and the editor of the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov. 2017). Rachel is also is the author of a book on literary letters (Palgrave McMillan, 2017). Rachel’s poems have won several prizes and have been published widely, including in Stand, The Interpreter’s House and Frontier.
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