The NS Poem: Science Fiction

A new poem by George Szirtes.

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The minister sweats.

There’s nobody in the street

bar some friendly ghosts,



angels, and sundry earthlings.

It’s science fiction


in the suburbs. Now

the aliens have landed

there will be speeches,


fresh flowers, new myths.


George Szirtes is a poet, author and translator. His most recent book is "The Photographer at Sixteen" (MacLehose Press).

This article appears in the 24 February 2021 issue of the New Statesman, Britain unlocks

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