New Poems by Eleanor Rees, Tim Cresswell & Ralph Pite


Passage Grave


Inside the chamber each pattern is alight

as a strip of sun seeks damp shadow

within chiselled grooves to swirl the bright into black.


The light, deep inside the dark,

finds new routes across the rock,

each grain of sandstone is compressed time,

a salty fleck in a watery suspension,


moving within and across the solid matter

to restart and renew its shift into shadow.

The shadow becomes lit and the light

becomes dark.


The stone is not inert

but processing the darkness, turning it back into

light, light turning back into dark,


as years spiral onwards and into the rain,

prescient on the horizon,


grey cloud about to burst with this moment

woven and weaving one day to the next.


Eleanor Rees







Amongst the junk I find sleepers for struts,

tongue and groove floor and roof,


sturdy four by fours for corners. A broken

ladder. A circular saw.


A summer’s work for a man with hands

that turn pages and chop onions. All this flotsam


reassembled. An HQ for gangland.

A still point outside the scatter and cacophony.


As I hammer and heft I think of

blackberry bushes, secret dry nettled ditches,


spaces where we used to play

imagining ourselves heroes, spies,


soldiers who never died. Captain Scarlet!

Blisters and calluses appear where


my fingers meet my palm. My arms grow tense

and sore. By summer’s end I feel worthy, a better man.


I do it for them. The children aren’t so sure.

“Cool” they say, and go back in.


Tim Cresswell






                                    THE DREAM OF RHONABWY


candleflame citadels

of snake-eye gorse


                                    river-crossing nearing warrior

                                     whose hair shines yellow as broom


our blunt-fronted shuttle


thrown down and back

and down along a winding

path through hedgeparsley

and meadowsweet


                                   Vyrnwy’s door:

                                    pull upstream of plain pool

                                    draws incursor


                                     agile defender’s sudden cage


glimmer, then glitter, glint

in perfect cones of graded coal

nearby toothy elevator

stilled conveyor


                                 reed eyot below the ford


                                   Owain, Arthur

                                  compatriots encamped

                                let play let

                             tear tire


                               enabled awhile raven

                               (security) to operate unseen


whale-bone pastures

along the old line

where sealed shut meanders



                                                            dust of golden chessmen squeezed from his fist

                                                         was peace

                                                               sandbar out of muddy flow fish spawning shelter


names interleaved

and parishes farms

where escapees and

lingerers scrape by


hourglass needle-eye

history’s process:

chink in armour peak

of sugarloaf

eruption’s petals

select each moment which

facet which descent


Ralph Pite





ELEANOR REES is the author of numerous books. Her pamphlet collection Feeding Fire (Spout, 2001) received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and her first full length collection Andraste’s Hair (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards. Her second collection Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009) is also a live performance for voice and harp which has toured in the North West. In 2015 Eleanor published her third full-length collection Blood Child (Liverpool University Press/Pavilion, 2015) and a long pamphlet Riverine (Gatehouse Press, 2015).



TIM CRESSWELL has been widely published in poetry magazines in the US, United Kingdom and beyond. He has poems in, for instance, The Moth, the Rialto, the North, Magma, Poetry Wales, Riddlefence and The Kudzu House Review. His collections, Soil and Fence were published by Penned in the Margins (London).



RALPH PITE teaches English Literature at the University of Bristol.  He is the author of numerous books, including Thomas Hardy: The Guarded Life, and is currently writing about the poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas. His collection of poetry, Paths and Ladders, was published in 2003 by The Brodie Press.



Illustrations by DESDEMONA MCCANNON, illustrator and Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Art. Desdemona’s artwork can be found here.




























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