Lydia Harris

Lydia Harris has made her home in the Orkney island of Westray. She held a Scottish Book Trust New Writer's Award for Poetry in 2017. Her first pamphlet, Glad Not to be the Corpse, appeared in 2012, and she has had work in a number of journals and magazines. Her fourth pamphlet, A Small Space, is due to be published by Paper Swans Press in spring 2021.

Lydia Harris

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This word arrives by post with a hard goats’ cheese
and a cellophane packet of petals.
This word is smothered in brown tissue paper
twisted to a clinch above the crumbs of this word.
This word is an array of seeds in a paper pod,
lined up like gangways in the cross section of a ship.
This word is a stowaway in a Northstar cargo boat.
Muldro, says this word, crumbly, friable.
Find me on Tomima’s chin. She is widow of the farm
at Gallow. Scatterer of nasturtiums in her yard.


Lydia Harris