The Tall Lighthouse

Simon Pomery

In Simon Pomery's poems, elemental matter becomes unstable

- people feel themselves composed of light and colour, snow melts

and begins to walk, wind becomes birdcall. Even when mirroring

the musical processes of Steve Reich, or recalibrating ancient voices,

the poems have an essential clarity.

Simon Pomery was born in Galway, Ireland in 1982 and grew up in Buxton.

He read English at the University of Leeds and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He won the Alison Moreland Prize for Poetry at Leeds, a Brewer Hall Prize at Cambridge, and received an AHRC award to study Creative Writing at St. Andrews University. He is lecturer in Creative Writing, a musician,

screenwriter, and also wrote the soundtrack for his latest short film.


Lyrical and precise, these are poems that make the reader shiver.

Whether tracing the journey of thawing snow or mapping the world

of Seneca, the streams that run through this collection entice us in at

the source and carry us to surprising destinations. This is a compelling debut from a poet of vision.                                                     Helen Mort



the stream

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A Drop of Snow


As the day draws in

and I know that once again

I should be packing


I see how it must have been

for the first to settle in the county –

belonging to no-one,


having no-one

to touch up or sing

in your ear, as the snow


crystals off the branches,

becoming unfrozen

there and then,


littering the thawed floor of snow

over ancient roots; knowing

each dropped powder dot to be an infinity


of chance, choice, aloneness,

accident and cause – with one

thing growing certain – outside, something


made of the beads of water and the sap of trees

is walking. I am sure of it.

Water is walking.


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