Mimi Khalvati

Mimi Khalvati has published nine collections with Carcanet Press, including Child: New & Selected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, and The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She is the founder of the Poetry School and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the English Society. Her awards include a Cholmondeley Award and a major Arts Council Writer’s Award. Her most recent collection, Afterwardness, is a Poetry Book Society Winter Wild Card.


Photo: Caroline Forbes


The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Mimi Khalvati

Sun 8 March | 11:15 - 12:45 | £4.50/£3.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

Poetry Centre Stage »

A Saturday night to remember with a double bill of poetry (BSL-interpreted)
20:00 Reading – D.A. Powell
21:00 Reading – Mimi Khalvati

Sat 7 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £10.00/£8.50 | Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium



An eleven year old boy from Aleppo
whose eyes hold only things no longer there
– a citadel, a moat, safe rooms of shadow,
‘afterwardness’ in his thousand yard stare –

years later, decades even, might turn round
to see, through the long tunnel of that gaze,
a yard, a pond and pine trees that surround,
as in a chaharbagh, four branching pathways.

Where do memories hide? the pine trees sing.
In language of course, the four pathways reply.
What if the words be lost? the pine trees sigh.

Lost, the echo comes, lost like me in air.
Then sing, the pathways answer, sigh and sing
for the echo, for nothing, no one, nowhere.

Mimi Khalvati

From Afterwardness (Carcanet, 2019)