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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Clarissa Aykroyd grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and studied at the University of Victoria. She has also lived in Dublin, and is now a resident of London. She has published fiction, educational non-fiction, and reviews. Currently she works as Publishing Coordinator for LAMDA Examinations (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.) She is also the author of a blog about poetry and poets, The Stone and the Star (

Clarissa Aykroyd

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Light is a knife flash
over the gilt palace,
breaking wave on the street.
Southern sun in stars
falls through orange groves
in pools on pathways.
Hand-claps, beating hooves.
Black eyes, cutting manes.
Horses dance under palms.
Trailing notes like flight,
guitars sing the sky.
Beyond this, nightfall.
Beyond this, edge of earth.
Memory writes its name on my body.

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
December 2011