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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Jerome Betts lives in Devon, England. His verse has appeared in The Guardian, Pennine Platform, Phoenix, Poetry Nottingham, Staple, and Tribune as well as web venues like Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle, Light, Lighten Up OnLine (which he has twice guest-edited) Snakeskin,The New Verse News, Per Contra and Tilt-A-Whirl.

Jerome Betts


On The Headland

Far from the grey edge where grass and rock grow apart
Poised between fathom and acre,
Up and down the reddening slope a tractor trails
Clouds of wings and beaks.

Northwards, out to sea, trawlers churning back to port
Across the bay's wrinkled pewter
Unfurl their writhing pennants of clamorous gulls
Over blood-tinged wakes.