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2 April 2016

Two poems: “Corvids” and “Starlings”

New poetry from John Kinsella.

By John Kinsella

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Corvids

Up the church’s steps
The hooded birds boldly hop
Towards salvation.

Starlings

In the eaves –
cats brawling below –
beaks knotted with grubs;
the clouds vanished
as pesticides softened
eggshells – crushed
by the lightest
of bodies.

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John Kinsella’s new book of selected poems, Drowning in Wheat, is published by Picador. His latest collection, Firebreaks, recording life and ecology in Western Australia, has just been published by W W Norton.

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This article appears in the 30 Mar 2016 issue of the New Statesman, The terror trail