Matt Merritt is an English journalist and poet. His debut chapbook, Making The Most Of The Light, was published in 2005 by Happenstance Press and he has appeared in British and US magazines, e-zines and anthologies, including Magma, Boxcar Poetry Review, Poetry Nottingham, Envoi and The Slab. He was the winner of the 2004 Plough Poetry Prize. He lives near Leicester and works as production editor at Bird Watching magazine. His blog is Polyolbion.
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It’s years since we wanted any part
but in essence as much
to do with ‘gist’;
which is to say, ‘yeast’
the ‘g’ gently, g-
it to rise
a thing of ice and fire
conjured back to life.
It is the sound of an adolescent planet
still awkward in its own skin,
the contact buzz of continents,
or electromagnetic seepage,
or else some psychic settling pool,
a reservoir of emotion,
from pain to exultation.
Sometimes it is only the purr
of all creation idling, a season cycle
Their hilarity reaches your lamplit world