I hear no birds at night
through thick concrete
and the lack is critical.

But walking out beyond
M road and A roads,
to a church burial ground

beneath yews and cedars,
a jay is loud with presence
and moves freely across

the grass, between stones.
I close my eyes hard to make
night speak out of sunlight.


John Kinsella

John Kinsella’s collected poems have been published by UWAP as The Ascension of Sheep (2022), Harsh Hakea (2023) and Spirals (early 2024). His verse novel Cellnight appeared with Transit Lounge in 2023, and his anti-epic, Argonautica Inlandica, with Vagabond (2023). A recent critical work is Legibility: An Anti-fascist Poetics (Palgrave, 2022).

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