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October 3, 2018 / barton smock

person Thomas Tyrrell, two poems

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Thomas Tyrrell has a PhD in English Literature from Cardiff University. He is a two-time winner of the Terry Hetherington poetry award, and his writing has appeared in Spectral Realms, Wales Arts Review, Picaroon, Lonesome October, Three Drops From A Cauldron and Words for the Wild.

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POEM FROM PORLOCK

These hills eat time.
Two miles’ tarmacadam
unfurls underfoot
at an easy pace
or whirls underwheel
in a flash. On hillside tracks
seconds unspool,
and minutes amalgamate.
Clear-running rivulets
disregarded by the road
wrinkle into
vertiginous valleys;
meandering footpaths
dive falcon-like
for the ocean, then shoot
up at obtuse
inclinations.
The failed deer fence
gives a border bluster
to a town
where stags still
graze oblivious under
the church clock
then turn about, trotting
towards the chimeless, timeless
pathless hillsides.

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A SESTINA FOR THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY

The city sprawls out shoreward from the mountains,
Grids grafted to the…

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