Chris Kinsey has had four collections of poetry published: Kung Fu Lullabies and Cure For a Crooked Smile with Ragged Raven Press, Swarf with Smokestack Books and Muddy Fox with Rack Press. Fair Acre Press have commissioned a new collection for 2019. She was BBC Wildlife Poet-of-the-Year and Writer-in-residence at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.
“The future has an ancient heart.” Carlo Levi
He’s not from round here – the musician
talking with his violin. He conjures more than he knows
putting sounds to flight, soaring over peaks
ravines, forests and steppes. He plays the dance
of the Northern Lights beyond a shtetl,
rouses howling winds, whining dogs, sobbing gulls.
Strings mimic ice floes, lapping water - flights
of migrating swans seeking winter refuge. His violin knows
the weightlessness of fugitives crossing borders.
Fingered notes call and respond, lost – found, lost – found.
They draw men from the dark corners of a bar
exile others from a betting shop’s bright screens
out to the street where afternoon’s already turned night.
Under town lights his violin’s the colour of a good harvest.
Ripe notes scatter. The musician with the faraway look
cocks his head expecting birds to come pecking
out of spring forests. He waits for one to land by his ear
and start singing duets to his trills.
Published in Muddy Fox, Rack Press, 2017. This poem was also highly commended by Daljit Nagra in Wenlock Poetry Festival Competition.