September’s Poem of the Month Andrew Jamison by Beth Fawcett
The Gallery Press is delighted to be
publishing Andrew Jamison’s new
collection, Stay, on 28 September.


Night ushers in September
and streetlights flicker-flicker,

the last long evening leaves
but nobody grieves

when the last leaf quits its tree
to lay down autumn’s decree

to not take with a pinch of salt
the clock’s tick-tock default,

the river’s insistence,
nor the forest’s sense

of the ancientness of seasons,
the most ancient of treasons:

Eden, Adam and Eve,
of how there’s no reprieve

from the evil
and the beautiful,

the sense of a time
before the word ‘time’,

before the word ‘remember’,
before the first September.

from Stay (2017)
by Andrew Jamison


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