'Body-in-womb / A babe in arms, / it couldn’t be; / hardly a thing'
'and they've run the path to our red door / where there's a ghost at the threshold'
'I’ve learnt everything I know from the Doctor. / When he asks if I want to talk about my mother / I say, ‘No, thank you. My mother is dead. It’s classic.'
'on how I set them down and then they quarrel / in a row at meal time'
'Both are in excess of thought / which is not the brain’s function which is action! / Sure, the mind is not Raskolnikov napping'
'I had a dream my two girls, grown up, / with their intelligent eyes and nuanced, searching faces, / stalked up to me at Christmas, or something very like Christmas'
'Tonight, under the threshed light / of this concave city, I will underwrite / your hand-scribed manual of confidence-tricks'
Fresh new poetry from the UK's finest: Tim Cockburn, Heather Phillipson, Nathan Hamilton, Emily Berry, Olly Todd, Luke Kennard, Oli Hazzard and James Brookes. It's all pedagogical.