Poem Of The Month: May 2015


For May's Poem of the Month, I have chosen the poem 'The Concise Atlas of the Earth' by Jane Morley
It is taken from her collection Fathomable.






THE CONCISE ATLAS OF THE EARTH
New Edition 1973

Face to face back to back
bound to one another,
all totally in the dark.

Whoever lets in the light
will start rumours of
dismembered maps,

next door moving in,
brochures and boats shifting
millions from green

to parched for pleasure,
vice versa for survival.
The whisper will go round

of war zones, no-go,
who’ll get which Olympics,
pandemics. Perhaps

they are best left as they are
between Pears and Britannica,
leaning into the future.