It gives us great pleasure to announce the publication of Andy Brown’s new collection Exurbia.
Find out more about this “exceptional collection of poems, that exhibits mastery of diverse forms” from “One of our most interesting and exciting younger poets”. Read the poem “Picking Bullaces” below.
for Matthew Francis
With sweet and bitter fused beneath a skin
that’s black or white, they ululate their whereabouts
with sour calls and subtler clues, these bushes
blousy white like clerics’ albs. They are
the Ace of Clubs of the hedgerows, the Cue Balls
of foragers, the Bull’s-Eyes at the heart of our intent.
Bloomed in chalky blues, they used to stain
the shepherds’ callused fingers, these wild bullies,
laced into the thorny brake at the edge of the lea.
We lean in and lunge for them like scuba divers
of the briars, sculling round their shoals like seal cubs
chasing prey. We cull their bulging yield,
laboriously, to lay them later on a slab of bread
with cheese and ale. Today, they’re all that is the case.
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