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featured poet – Christopher North


Christopher North

From an Armchair

Beyond the range of the King’s photographer
the forest of the meteorite
and its star of blasted pines;
 
beyond the islands of the Gulag
and the road of bones through endless forest
where winter is norm, lives pass unrecorded,
 
epics unfold their progress in silence,
towns work through unknown narratives –
all outside the great conversation;
 
beneath sky-scapes lashed with stars
and the unfolding green of borealis;
through Sakha, Yakutsk and ice crushed bridges
 
lies Omyakon between frozen mountains,
where they say in winter words freeze
as they leave your mouth to fall forgotten in the snow.
 
They make a tundra littered with gossip,
cries of love, argument and greeting,
speeches and shouts petrified in depths of ice
 
until one midday when larch are greening
and golden root makes a brief smile at the low sun,
words fall into air as if from a door flung open
 
to fill the town like birdsong and running water.
 

Christopher North

shortlisted for the Strokestown Prize, 2016;
in pamphlet collection The Topiary of Passchendaele, 2018, Smith|Doorstop Books,
ISBN 978-1-9121961-1-1