Freak Phenomena

Freak Phenomena
Siphoned from their beds,
periwinkles crack open
on Beijing pavements;

storm-addled tadpoles
carpet downtown Kolkata;
red ants rain on Bonn.

Loose tongues spread the news:
the Second Coming, world's end!
But what harbingers —

tiny, untarnished.

Jane McKie

from When the Sun Turns Green (Edinburgh: Polygon, 2009)

Reproduced by permission of the publisher.
Jane McKie

Jane McKie's first two collections of poetry were Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), which won the Sundial/Scottish Arts Council award for best first book of 2007, and When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009). In 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan poetry prize and published a pamphlet, Garden of Bedsteads, with Mariscat Press, a PBS Choice. Her most recent collection is Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.



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