Postcards from Malthusia DAY NINETEEN: Pam Thompson

The Fence

(an aperture poem after Carl Sandberg)


tomorrow’s fence will be nothing like today’s
ence the workmen are ill or indoors the new planks
are stacked up against the wall will our new
cially distanced voices carry over to our neighbo
-one can/will tell you any truth about tomorr
fence we glimpse parts of people passing in the roa
in twos or alone behind bro  ken slats of today’s
nce we’ve heard tomorrow’s will be a masterpi
fence they tell you that though you’ll wonder who’ll
ild it and where exactly will we see it and smell
its toxic sealant in our air too much air they say giv
some up         we can’t imagine or we imagine too mu



Pam Thompson is a writer and lecturer based in Leicester. Her publications include The Japan Quiz (Redbeck Press, 2009) and Show Date and Time (Smith | Doorstop, 2006) and Strange Fashion (Pindrop Press, 2017). Pam has a PhD in Creative Writing and is one of the organisers of Word!, a spoken-word night at the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester. She is a 2019 Hawthornden Fellow.


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