Ian C. Smith

Edging closer to heaven . To town, to life in little boxes, repertoire limited. Although winter still draws towards its bitter end neighbours, either side, across the road, mow lawns. He senses condemnation of delinquent growth, whine of whippersnippery a locust...

Emma Lee

Flowered Symbols . At first glance, it’s underwhelming: the black waters of heaven with a silvered splash like a carp, chrysanthemum petals visible to a second, studied gaze at this practical, modest vase. Yet it would make an excellent wedding gift. . The...

Colin Crewdson

Aleppo . outside the bazaar she stands by the gate, the stonework banded white and black, the ancient wooden door decorated with metal rosettes and spoked sun wheels . but time’s a difference you can’t see: old rubble has become new rubble mortared with body parts ....

Chris McDermott

Ada’s Death . Eighty-two years, but death had sprung early, well before the demise of her vital signs, dilated pupils, rigid tissue and blackened fingertips: whispered rumours of death had followed her for many years . Her body was fine, mind you: the measure of...