‘fasching’ by Phoebe Power

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EVENT: We’re celebrating Carcanet’s New Poetries VII with a reunion event at the Bookshop on Tuesday 18 June, featuring poets Zohar Atkins, Rowland Bagnall, Isabel Galleymore, Lisa Kelly and Phoebe Power. Book tickets here. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be featuring a poem from the collection by each of the poets who’ll be reading – check back regularly for the next one.

‘fasching’ by Phoebe Power

at Elli’s schmankerlstube it’s all
drinking and bosners.

in neukirchen it’s ten a.m. and children are dancing in a pen. They’re
dalmatians, indianers, cowboys with foamstick horses and goggle
eyes. Two headteachers smile and joggle in a pair, her cruella fishnet
makeup and his penguin suit, peaked beak. High loud music wrenches
in the outdoor light, rips fabric. Dance the children on.

A multicoloured snake or train of people tooting its bells and flute,
curving down the road beneath the green banks and a big sky, the
mountains.

New Poetries VII’ is published by Carcanet, price £14.99. Zohar Atkins, Rowland Bagnall, Isabel Galleymore, Lisa Kelly and Phoebe Power will be reading from the collection at the Bookshop on Tuesday 18 June. Book tickets here.

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