Iain Britton
New Zealand

Karakia Precari - Penny Howard 2016
6 Compression Poems

woman washing

smokeshifts sunlight
& a shadow gunman
blocks my exit | magnetic hands
agitate for a no-nonsense approach
& streets of symmetry swirl
             & break up

morning begins at the window
of a woman washing

red-frosted light

through red-frosted light i walk by one man’s inheritance |
i risk the loss of purities | the untampered with scrolls of thought
Hypatia’s theatre of yellow hibiscus moons | i risk not hearing
the apple core’s ticking the earth’s showcase in a fat man’s skin

church on fire

the church on fire
sings        then burns out

the day tightens its collar
& crack-lipped orchids
        drop their mouths

last night’s dreams

you wonder at the wintering out amongst last night’s dreams
pensioned off  | the plucking of narratives from Elysian enclosures


the lake has changed | i swallow

small white capsules nightly


i cross the paths of namesakes 
who work on illusions
who pour apple juice into glasses
who leave bread & fruit
for strangers | Samaritans |
poets on the warpath | who leave
bread & fruit for other folk | who
search for children at lost addresses

Poems are regularly published in NZ and internationally. Since 2008, Iain has had five collections of poems published, mainly in the UK. A new collection of poetry THE INTALGIO POEMS will be published by Hesterglock Press (UK), 2017.