Three haikus

New work by the Australian poet John Kinsella

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Warning

Gales from Mizen Head,
Storm petrels called by chieftains;
Grey heron flat tack.

Wild

Raging over rocks
Sea opens anemones:
Wild snakelocks, beadlets.

Gap

The small gap here fumes.
Not yet lethal as home’s Gap.
But the sea insists.

John Kinsella is an Australian poet, critic, essayist and the current international editor of the Kenyon Review. “Warning”, “Wild” and “Gap” are part of a series of poems about life on the south-west coast of Ireland.

This article appears in the 08 May 2014 issue of the New Statesman, India's worst nightmare?