Three poems exploring the theme of 'detritus' - 'waste or debris'. Each is based on a dream.

I Call to the Ancestors

As an antidote to the anthropocentrism of the Anthropocene, a call to all our ancestors since life's beginning.

On a Swan’s Wing

Poem based on Sacha Dench’s radical journey as a human swan to find out why Bewick’s swans are disappearing.

Winter King

Devotional poetry for Winter's King from Lorna Smithers.

Cwn Annwn and the Passage of Souls

'Through the concrete of office blocks and headphones of call centres, over the white noise of television, we still hear the Cwn Annwn howling. The harder we try to shut them out the louder they howl...'


Last Monday, the UK government voted to renew its Trident nuclear deterrence programme. This poem evokes the moment the commander of the Vanguard submarine is handed the Letter of Last Resort.

After Procopius

As Brexit divides Britain and Europe, Lorna Smithers looks back to the othering effect of the Antonine Wall in the writing of Procopius.