Jane Williams

Jane Williams's most recent book is Days Like These - new and selected poems (Interactive Press 2013). She has read her poetry in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, Czech Republic and Malaysia and is currently working on a collection of travel inspired poems. In 2016 she will be in residence at The Bridge Guard Residential Art - Science Centre in Štúrovo, Slovakia. She coedits the online literary journal Communion with her partner Ralph Wessman.

The body has become its own refrain

The body has become its own refrain, a silent roll call ticking off each night, no more the vagaries of loss and gain. The family visits, dress-rehearsing pain. Let go they whisper nothing more to fight. The body has become …

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the same drought part of the australian bush as yesterday only waking to a flash flood water sliding the balding hill and shifting my inner landscape to a kind of environmentally aware comfort zone the top soil gone I am …

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Churches of the Developed World

(a partly found poem) to light a candle drop any coin into the slot (more coins may be required for longer prayers) on medical advice communion is to be made by receiving the bread only (salivation is to be kept …

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In the Wee Hours

Otherwise faithfuls whisper wrong names into the ears of lovers who keep breathing but do not stir do not give the impression they heard a word out of place A child wakes sits bolt upright in bed but still asleep …

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The Lodger

outgrown the body simply drags what it can’t carry mouth slack as a stroke but eyes the colour of bees we are at the centre of all that flowers in the lodger and when he shows himself we must take …

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