Poem of the Week: ‘Bowerbird’ from Anamnesis by Iona Lee

  01 Aug '23   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Our poem of the week is ‘Bowerbird’ from Iona Lee’s debut poetry collection, Anamnesis, which is officially published on Thursday 3rd August.


August turned to embers
and everyone fell apart.

Tired bones wind chiming
autumn’s rattle.

It was time to leave. To lay
my curiosities around me.

Apricot pip. Iridescent shell
and sea glass. Crab claw.

Button for a long, lost jacket.
A fortune, that reads

Look for the dream
that keeps coming back

in six different languages.
I don’t know what that means,

but here is my wisdom –
Magic is the art of wishing well.

I collect.
I always have.

Pools of cold tea water.
Words. Lately, it’s been mushroom names.

Listen – Shaggy Parasol.
Amethyst Deceiver. The Flirt.

My friends are all preserving
things in glass jars.

Kombucha and sauerkraut.
One day, we will be so healthy.

Moth-eaten butterfly wing.
Wire nest. Broken ring.

My threadbare treasures.
I don’t know what I keep saving you for.

For something good, I hope.
Hopefully something good.

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