Poetry Prize Shortlisting

by Aki Schilz

A little poem of mine has been shortlisted for the Fish Poetry Prize 2014, judged by Ruth Padel. Another poem, ‘Kairos’, was longlisted. I wrote the poem below for someone who told me once it was his favourite thing he’s read of mine. I hope that’s still true.

Here it is. For him. And for you.

Two Hearts


Wind-scattered, these children
have followed us here, to lie
in the shade of a wide-leafed tree 
they make patterns on our skin
and Aristophanes tells us
why we have two faces.

We make an art
of dactylonomy;
counting down our ages on each other’s hands
until a year is a finger’s breadth between us.

And there is an earthquake
shimmering like a lantern, soft
and large as a thistle moon.

And there is an earthquake
shimmering like a lantern, soft
and large as a breath (this breath)
…………………….a heart (this heart)
………………………………….a room.

aristophanes

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