Postcards from Malthusia DAY FORTY: Alison Brackenbury



I sensed how we were stricken through one image

that Thing, coronavirus. I could see

across its whirled blue globe, in glistened ruby

how many arms it needed. So did we.




Alison Brackenbury has won an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award, and has frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. She has published ten collections of poetry. Her most recent, Skies, (Carcanet, 2016), was chosen as a Poetry Book of the Year by ‘The Observer’. Gallop, her Selected Poems, was published in 2019 by Carcanet. New poems can be read on her website:


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