Paul Batchelor

Paul Batchelor lectures in English literature and creative writing at Durham University. His last publication was a chapbook, The Love Darg, published in 2014.

Poem: ‘A Form of Words’

Paul Batchelor, 18 April 2019

Just as, after the affair, when I knew I was in the clear but came down with trismus of all things and had, needs must, to post the ‘finest sashimi in Brooklyn’ through the half-inch letterbox between my upper & my lower incisors    poking it in there with the chopsticks yearning to contribute in a non-confrontational way to Miss X & her sister & her...

Poem: ‘The Curlew’

Paul Batchelor, 20 April 2017

Sighs & groans. As it crawls to a standstill the train becomes a fortress.

Outside: pitiless silence. Emptied sky. Snowbound farms. Ever-deepening blue.

The vulnerable economies of owl & fox. Fields brushed, as by a comet’s tail, with winter.

No announcement. No sign of the guard. We have reached the threshold, it is everywhere at once

in depthless white drifts unbroken...

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