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a bad summer by Rowan Lyster

this year has healed over

smooth and new almost

the same shape as before and

we will be fine if we don’t think

about all those fingers gone missing

surely due to emerge


blossoming like

mushroom caps the end

of something bright against clay

or where the hedge

gives way to sky abruptly

among shattered hazel

a wrist


Rowan Lyster is a poet and arts administrator from Herefordshire, based in Bristol.

Her poems have recently appeared in publications including PERVERSE, Poetry

Wales, SPOONFEED, Tentacular, The Rialto and The Scores, and her Legitimate Snack is

coming soon from Broken Sleep Books. She can be found online @RowanLyster.


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