MRS. MOUNTER CIRCA.1914
You have seen them come and go: the salesmen,
stevedores, undergraduates and tinkers,
lorn veterans of Omdurman and Colenso,
the struggling artist with his curious hours;
all passing through the widow’s breach of spare
room. Your years lived impasto – caked-on,
palpable as Sunday Best – are rendered boldly,
dealing only in certainty, creed and nation,
dealing solidly in bricks and mortar
and the definite vertical of the doorway
that frames you as you sit, impassive
as the teapot, immovable as the rent.
Outside the world turns to mud, feeds its sons
to fire and lead and names you will hear
for the first time: Passchendaele, Somme, Ypres, Mons….
About Martin Malone
Born in County Durham, Martin Malone now lives in Scotland. He has published two poetry collections: The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011) and Cur (Shoestring, 2015). An Honorary Research Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University, he is currently studying for a Ph.D at Sheffield University. He also edits The Interpreter's House poetry journal. A chapbook, Prodigals was published by The Black Light Engine Room in January 2016.
At the moment, Martin is working on two collections pertaining to his doctorate in Great War poetry: Ghosts of the Vortex and the prose poem sequence, The Unreturning. Poems from these and his other work have been published in a variety of poetry journals; such as Stand, Poetry Ireland Review, Acumen, Agenda, Poetry Salzburg Review, Magma, The Moth, the SHOp and The Frogmore Papers. He reviews for The Interpreter’s House, Stand, Causeway/ Cabhsair and Poetry Ireland Review.