From where I lie in the bog grass
she looks bigger than the mountains or the headlands
looking down on me from above her book
the sweat on her top lip
the bog cotton and the scent of pines
obscure the knowledge that she is gone …
* poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.
Gary Allen has published 19 collections of poetry, most recently Bonfire Night (Greenwich Exchange Publishing). He is also the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. He has been highly commended in the Forward Prize competition.