Suzannah V. Evans

Suzannah V. Evans has published poems in PN Review, The London Magazine, Magma, New Welsh Review and elsewhere, with others broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol and longlisted for the 2019 and 2018 Ivan Juritz Prize. She has read her work at Keats House, London, where she organised Keats House: New Poets; for York Literature Festival; and at Underfall boatyard in Bristol, where she was poet in residence in 2019. She is Reviews Editor for The Compass, a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, and an AHRC doctoral researcher at Durham University. Her debut poetry pamphlet will appear with Guillemot Press in 2020.

Events

Border Crossings »

Reading: Suzannah V. Evans, Jay G. Ying

Sun 8 March | 11:30 - 12:30 | £4.50/£3.50 | Undercroft, St John's House, South Street

Poem

Starfish Balancing at Your Throat

A horn, a shell, a starfish, a terracotta, a yes, a lip, a burnished,
a thinking, a drowning, a crying, a barnacle, a wave, a heap.

Waves once wept over these barnacles that spot you like freckles.
Lips once touched the lip of this jug and hands once handled it.

Terracotta can break as men can break.
Waves break when you pick them up.

A starfish is on the lip, the very lip, of the jug,
the very lip and heart and throat of the jug
where once water poured.

An amphora, an amphora found, an amphora found broken.
An amphora like an ampersand found in the sand and dredged up.

An amphora split in two like a heart, like the rose inside of a clam,
split in two and spliced too with the objects of two years ago.

A crustacean, a flotsam, a lip, a horn, a ram, a bellow, a drinking,
a how though? a follow, an amplifying, a Greek a French a starfish *

Suzannah V. Evans

Forthcoming from Marine Objects (Guillemot Press, 2020)