Will Harris has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and taught for the Poetry School. He coedits 13 Pages and organises The Poetry Inquisition. Will is an assistant editor at The Rialto, part of the editorial team behind Swimmers and a fellow of the Complete Works III. His poem ‘Say’ is shortlisted for the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. His pamphlet All This Is Implied is published by Happenstance.
From ‘The Ark’: II
John Tradescant the younger, sole heir
to his father’s good parts, resolved to make
a catalogue. He wanted Adam’s peace
before the fall. Instead, before the year
was out he’d buried his small son and hidden
the draft, its shopping list of rarities
grown common. Among so many scarce
and far-flung things, he brooded on what can’t
be kept, or what had led him to suppose
this rainy cosmos ours. The old mistake.
Inheritance is not passed down, but grows
within us, feeds off weakness, blares
importance. See the way it falls unbidden,
the oceans slowly filling, partial, slant.
From All This Is Implied (HappenStance, 2017)