Two poems: “Corvids” and “Starlings”

New poetry from John Kinsella.

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



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


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.

This article appears in the 31 March 2016 issue of the New Statesman, The terror trail

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