New poem from Tom Gilliver

Tom’s just completed his undergratuate degree at Christ’s College, Cambridge. His poems have appeared in Poetry Review, The Mays, Stand, Haiku Quarterly, The Interpreter’s House, Equinox and elsewhere. He was nominated for a Faber New Poets Award in 2008 and his debut pamphlet is on the way from Salt. Later this summer he will be featured in the forthcoming Salt Book Of Younger Poets.

Oedipus at Colonus

‘Stand back! I am blind
and old, but twenty hands
guard over me, my loyal men,
and twenty eyes are mine that see.’

‘Old man, there is no-one else
for miles around but me, the wind,
and you; we haunt this ground.
Your guards are the arthritic hands
of grey olives, and their knotted bark
frowns sightlessly; — and their hearts
are bowed, and shiver with the cold,
as yours does now.’


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