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Image by Amy Gatenby


with the martello journal

A beach in january

by d.s. maolalai

buildings rise
like flowerpots
cracking in long-
emptied gardens
at the neat backs
of houses, long-
empty / for sale:
cranes, thistles swaying
between them, rising
past cobbles and wagging
their spiky blue stems,
their long spiky
shoulders. making some colour
and breaking down old
concrete slabs. I walk
down d'olier street, I walk
to the quayside, and the city
just falls into water. a beach
in a january, a cold-
blown sand;
short cliffs. grassy
roots. slipping roads.

DS Maolalai has received nine nominations for Best of the Net and seven for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and Noble Rot (Turas Press, 2022)

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