Postcards from Malthusia DAY SEVENTY-THREE: David Linklater

The New Measurements


Video from home. Beach stones leading

to the water, the water of no language,

no measurements, with its slack body

no less certain of the outcome.


Tell the birds. Knowing no different

they go about their particulars, italicising

a stoop of branches. It took an hour

for the flower head to meter its way downriver.


Motorways thinned like the blood of a drunk.

A spectral trumpet call from some far-off city

peering over the border, the sky bolt-tight.

Animals run unleashed from it all.


Subtleties, a slightly wider berth.

Another inch to the pond, that extra gill.

Conversation through glass panes – the last

flight from here will take you nowhere.


The outside people get their fill,

mouths dressed in a new, strange vocabulary.

And hinged to their windows, their scopes,

the inside people lean out.



David Linklater is a poet from Balintore, Easter Ross. His work has appeared in GutterGlasgow Review of BooksDMQ Review and Ink, Sweat & Tears. He has been the recipient of a Dewar Arts Award and was recently shortlisted for the 2020 Edwin Morgan Award. His pamphlet Black Box was published in 2018 with Speculative Books. He lives and writes in Glasgow. Twitter: @DavidRossLinkla

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