Postcards from Malthusia DAY NINE: Julie Hogg

Ariel Road


NW6, too early for the Thameslink,

you’re blushing in a boyfriend coat,


missing him, already-bursting about

Paris in this strangest mid-March but


the tree isn’t holding onto bereft, it’s

brash in its blossom, branching up,


spores hooking onto a pale rider sky,

brunching before Spring – no regrets,


Camden queens’ you are, turning life

at this corner full of wondrous future,


all balmy betwixt stasis I’m thinking

stone and waterline, far from tor or sea




Julie Hogg is published in many literary journals and anthologies. Her debut pamphlet, Majuba Road, is available from Vane Women Press.

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