The Clockwork Gift by Claire Crowther (Shearsman Books) Chora by Nigel McLoughlin (Templar Poetry) Bundle o’Tinder by Rose Kelleher (Waywiser Press)
Weeds and Wild Flowers by Alice Oswald (with etchings
by Jessica Greenman) (Faber & Faber) A Sleepwalk on the Severn by Alice Oswald (Faber & Faber) I Spy Pinhole Eye, poems by Philip Gross
with photographs by Simon Denison (Cinnamon Press)
Carpathia by Cecilia Woloch (BOA Editions) Sassing by Karen Head (WordTech Communications) An Urgent Request by Sarah Luczaj (Fortunate Daughter Press) This Pagan Heaven by Robin Kemp (Pecan Grove Press)
One Secret Thing by Sharon Olds (Jonathan Cape) Laughter Heard from the Road by Maggie O’Dwyer
(Templar Poetry) Third Wish Wasted by Roddy Lumsden (Bloodaxe Books)
The Wrong Miracle by Liz Gallagher (Salt Modern Poets) Fair Creatures of an Hour by Lynn Levin (Loonfeather Press) In the Voice of a Minor Saint by Sarah J. Sloat (Tilt Press)
Carta Marina: A Poem in Three Parts by Ann Fisher-Wirth
(Wings Press) Poems from the Women’s Movement, edited by Honor Moore
(Library of America) Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The Year of Not Dancing by C L Dallat (Blackstaff Press) Natural Mechanical by J.O. Morgan (CB Editions) Darwin, A life in Poems by Ruth Padel (Chatto & Windus)
Migraine Hotel by Luke Kennard (Salt Modern Poets) Watering Can by Caroline Bird (Carcanet Press) Weather A System by James Wilkes (Penned in the Margins)
Kelli Russell Agodon
Sharp Stars by Sharon Bryan (BOA Editions) Then, Something by Patricia Fargnoli (Tupelo Press) Upgraded to Serious by Heather McHugh (Copper Canyon Press)
Flashes by Carol Leff (Aerial Publishing) Strange Fruit by Helen Moffett (Modjaji Books) Oleander by Fiona Zerbst (Modjaji Books)
Furniture by Lorraine Mariner (Picador) Beneath the Rime by Siriol Troup (Shearsman Books) The Girl with the Cactus Handshake by Katrina Naomi
Impredehora by Yvette Christiansë (Kwela Books with SnailPress) Al is die maan ‘n misverstand by Danie Marais (Tafelberg) Hyphen by Tania van Schalkwyk (The UCT Writers Series/
Electric Book Works)
West End Survival Kit by Jeremy Reed (Waterloo Press) How To Build a City by Tom Chivers (Salt Modern Poets) The Burning of the Books by George Szirtes and Ronald King
(Full Circle Editions) Undraining Sea by Vahni Capildeo (Egg Box Publishing) Rays by Richard Price (Carcanet Press) Weather A System by James Wilkes (Penned in the Margins) Furniture by Lorraine Mariner (Picador) Madeleine’s Letter to Bunting by Kelvin Corcoran
Edited by Sophy Kohler (who is also the Cape Assistant Editor of BOOK SA), Imago publishes poetry, short stories and creative essays by University of Cape Town past and present students and staff. The journal is designed and produced by Sophy Kohler and Electric Book Works.
Issue 1 includes contributions by Simon Abbott, Diane Awerbuck, Leila Bloch, Kyle Fullerton, John Higgins, Karen Jennings, Matthew Kalil, Jordan Kantey, Matthew Koehorst, Sophy Kohler, Emma Lombard, Peter Merrington, Masande Ntshanga, Redvers, Farrah Schwab, Oliver Strang and Nick Wicht.
When you plunge your arms into the heavens unseen,
red-robed and lean, veins straining
to reach your god with this wafer –
all the women gathered want to fall on their knees
and pleasure you.
We clamber to receive Christ’s body from your beautiful hands,
naked and trembling, fingers touching
our lips, we kneel –
all us women tilt our heads back and offer
our belief to you.
We confess our sins to your body, hidden in darkness,
attention hovering between your imagined form
and the very real smell of you –
all us women who thirst for your blood, your gaze, forgiveness,
but mostly for the sacred in you.
We ask you to marry us,
to another man, another body, another life
and you oblige our wish, bless our union –
all us women get married, have babies, baptise our children
for the love of god in you.
We invite you to dinner at our family tables,
drink in your tales of redemption and duty
as you sip our wine, nibble our food, taste our hunger –
all us women watch you eat – and later
dream of being eaten by you.
Previously published in New Contrast
and included in Hyphen (The UCT Writers Series, 2009).