Sequence in Green (i) breaths Like in lights/breaths the woodwind song meets the trees. A green growth/ a rush of roots/ birds. Summer-swell/the flowered edges of day breaking. (ii) buds Hills of green shadow and butter-gorse. The dead made of dry stalks with all their buds inside them. (iii) bones Green lifts and stitches-in Perfumes/ summering Silver-back gull, wind-scuffed, sun-buried/ ghost-bird with a still-feathered skull, each puffed-out wing fragrant with oxygen/ each jade-eye a salty stone peering keen to the wound of the shore sown with olive pods polished as knuckle bones. (iv) blood Emerald, in your daybed of flowers trapping all the shucked-light of the sun as sugar/as oxygen/ as diamonds/ as blood. Ideogram for Red after Alice Oswald In a shadow, an invisible red where the first flower sounds. Narrow, and red-through in all directions. Underfoot - roots. Blood. A claw of wood. Red becomes a red-rush/ the flash of a robin’s breast in a splay of autumn blades. Red rising with the sun/ without bearings vanishing in the outbloom of light. Struggling, like each colour to be seen red bursts with the fury of a firework folds herself into herself fails for a season.
Sequence in Green is © Gillian Prew
from The Black Stanzas
(i) a yoke of blood/my iris-eye
(ii) a road of blood/a dome of cold
(iii) the crush of life/the food I am
(iv) a black hole/a blue planet
(v) an echo of light/a crimson splatter
(vi) their bud-fists/their black-stamens
|Born Stirling, Scotland in 1966, Gillian Prew studied Philosophy at the University of Glasgow from 1984 to 1988.Her chapbook, DISCONNECTIONS, can be purchased from erbacce-press (2011) and another chapbook, in the broken things, published by Virgogray Press (2011). Her poetry can be found at Vayavya, The Poetry Shed, A New Ulster, The Open Mouse, Ink, Sweat & Tears, ‘ditch’, and From Glasgow to Saturn among others. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has twice been short-listed for the erbacce-prize. Her collection Throats Full of Graves, has been published in 2013 by Lapwing Publications. Her collection A Wound’s Sound was published Oneiros Books in April 2014. She lives in Argyll with her partner, children and cat.