Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

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  • Cosmo Davenport-Hines Prize 2024 winner: Rochelle Ruo Xuan Lee

    Cosmo Davenport-Hines Prize 2024 winner: Rochelle Ruo Xuan Lee

    Rochelle Ruo Xuan Lee musings from the other end of homesickness —when i get to see my parents again; the whole timei will cheat my way to normal as if […]

  • Cosmo Davenport-Hines Prize 2024 runner up: Madeleine George

    Cosmo Davenport-Hines Prize 2024 runner up: Madeleine George

    Madeleine George Blackbird, Singing This is the chronic night-warand Iam waiting for the morning. The earth shudderedas she spun,sloughing off so many sheetsof ice likethe sheet that caught on your […]

  • Cosmo Davenport-Hines Prize 2024 runner up: Fintan Calpin

    Cosmo Davenport-Hines Prize 2024 runner up: Fintan Calpin

    Fintan Calpin We gave you a theory of systems

  • Paths chosen and unchosen: on ‘Downland’ by Anna Dillon and Jonathan Davidson

    Paths chosen and unchosen: on ‘Downland’ by Anna Dillon and Jonathan Davidson

    David Clarke For those of us who have been following Jonathan Davidson’s work in recent years, each new book has brought with it the prospect of another (often unexpected) push […]

  • ‘Piking’: a poem by William Thompson

    ‘Piking’: a poem by William Thompson

    Piking i. The wind plays a low notethrough the one bar gate onto the bridleway.I tick the code into the lock. It clicks open. Once our car has passed, the […]

  • Breviloquent power: ‘House on the A34’ by Philip Hancock

    Breviloquent power: ‘House on the A34’ by Philip Hancock

    Richie McCaffery House on the A34, Philip Hancock’s second collection with CB editions, is a book of breviloquent but powerful poems, carefully constructed with a craftsman-like attention to detail about […]

  • ‘Seaweed Herbarium’: a poem by Melissa Tuckman

    ‘Seaweed Herbarium’: a poem by Melissa Tuckman

    Image: michael clarke stuff on Flickr Seaweed Herbarium Mermaid hairisn’t rare, but it’s worthpreserving for its hue: dark greenat the root of every lock,brighter near the ends, which splitinto finer […]

  • ‘In Memory of Robert Burns’: a poem by Aaron Aquilina

    ‘In Memory of Robert Burns’: a poem by Aaron Aquilina

      In Memory of Robert Burns   I The ghosts of all past members of the Dumfries and Galloway Town Council gather for a resource management meeting in perpetuity. In […]

  • ‘Five Breaths’: a poem by Eleanor Rees

    ‘Five Breaths’: a poem by Eleanor Rees

    Five Breaths were needed to extinguish the flameand now a red wick leans into the melt, diving into a quarried lakehigh in the mountains to find mouthfulsof salt in the […]

  • A Scholar of the Everyday: on ‘Collecting the Data’ by Mat Riches

    A Scholar of the Everyday: on ‘Collecting the Data’ by Mat Riches

    Christopher Horton Collecting the Data (Red Squirrel Press, 2023) is a pamphlet that decrypts everyday experiences, observing in them both the complex and the sublime as an integral part of […]

  • Two poems by Matthew Paul

    Two poems by Matthew Paul

    Photo by Thomas Verbruggen on Unsplash A Short History of Greenhouses In the end, my father’s greenhouse was shipwreckedBy ivy, which spiralled round bamboo canes, stuckLike octopus suckers glued to […]

  • A poem by Rory Waterman

    A poem by Rory Waterman

    Below is a poem from Rory Waterman’s fourth collection, Come Here to This Gate, published by Carcanet on 25th April. Until that date, the Carcanet website is offering a 25% […]

  • The sound of hope:  ‘Before We Go Any Further’ by Tristram Fane Saunders

    The sound of hope: ‘Before We Go Any Further’ by Tristram Fane Saunders

    Kevin Gardner Imbedded in the heart of Before We Go Any Further (Carcanet, 2023) is a wickedly subversive sequence, “Five Songs on a Cruel Instrument”, purporting to contain translations of […]

  • A poem by Nicola Healey

    A poem by Nicola Healey

    Below is a poem from Nicola Healey’s debut pamphlet, A Newer Wilderness, published by Dare-Gale Press this month. Summer/Winter This brazen blue day is a dangerous scene.My mind clashes like […]

  • A poem from Paul McLoughlin: Selected Poems

    A poem from Paul McLoughlin: Selected Poems

    Below is a poem from the Selected Poems of the late Paul McLoughlin (1947-2021), recently published by Shoestring Press and edited with an introduction by John Forth. Mother in Murreigh […]

  • Two poems by Will Stone

    Two poems by Will Stone

    Eternal Life Slowly the leaves grow yellow and fall,and I hear leaders of corporate empiresfully confident of achieving eternal lifefor select customers in their lifetime.But in the Aveyron in the […]

  • A poem by Erin O’Luanaigh

    A poem by Erin O’Luanaigh

      Thirteen Ways of Looking at Suzanne Pleshette in The Birds I. Comes the silver Aston-Martinand the vague apprehensionthat some terror is on the wing.Don’t they ever stop migrating,these bottle-blondes […]

  • Two poems by Mat Riches

    Two poems by Mat Riches

    Mat Riches recently published his debut collection, Collecting the Data, with Red Squirrel Press. Below are two new poems. Sticks The time to cut a stickis when you see it […]

  • Two poems by Anthony Joseph

    Two poems by Anthony Joseph

      For the latest event in the Wild Court Reading Series, King’s College London lecturer and T.S. Eliot Prize winner Anthony Joseph will be reading from his forthcoming Precious and […]

  • Lie down and be counted: on Geoff Hattersley’s ‘Instead of an Alibi’

    Lie down and be counted: on Geoff Hattersley’s ‘Instead of an Alibi’

    Dane Holt I discovered Geoff Hattersley in 2019, after reading Wayne Holloway-Smith’s poem ‘Some Waynes’ in an issue of Poetry magazine: ‘a cavalcade of Waynes fucking each other up in […]

  • A poem by Maëlle Leggiadro

    A poem by Maëlle Leggiadro

    He Could Leave You Tomorrow He buys me roses; I forget to put them in water,once again too caught-upin my tangled and scattered thoughts.They’re beautiful but– a little too pinkas […]

  • Blake’s Poetic Insight into Splitting of the Ego in ‘The Four Zoas’

    Blake’s Poetic Insight into Splitting of the Ego in ‘The Four Zoas’

    From a plate in Blake’s ‘Milton: A Poem’, depicting the relationship of the Four Zoas Dr Emily Bilman The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the precocious development of […]

  • Two poems by Oliver Comins

    Two poems by Oliver Comins

    Early Doors They always said the larks were here in spirit,having disappeared while meadows were transformedto streets and drains when this became a gardened suburb. Heading for their allotment, my […]

  • Three poems by Suzannah V. Evans

    Three poems by Suzannah V. Evans

    Image © Sophie Davidson Never More, Sailor after Walter de la Mare and Tristan Corbière So this mariner, whether a sailor,captain, indeed whoever he may be,is dead below the wind-riddenbrine-infused […]

  • What being human entails: on ‘Say It With Me’ by Vanessa Lampert

    What being human entails: on ‘Say It With Me’ by Vanessa Lampert

    Christopher Horton In Say It With Me (Seren, 2023), Vanessa Lampert’s poems, at first, immerse themselves in familial, domestic subject matter before revealing darker themes underlying everyday routine. By way […]

  • ‘Rite of Passage’: a poem by D.R. James

    ‘Rite of Passage’: a poem by D.R. James

    Rite of Passage In Bali, it’s the filing of the caninesto limit boys’ wild adolescence.Among Cameroon’s Baka Pygmiesit’s the Spirit of the Forest killing boys to be reborn as men. […]

  • Beauty before Age: on Seán Street, Michael Vince, & Tony Connor

    Beauty before Age: on Seán Street, Michael Vince, & Tony Connor

    Kevin Gardner The books reviewed here come from three well established and accomplished poets, whose first collections appeared, respectively, in 1976, 1978, and 1962. Unsurprisingly, all three opt for traditional […]

  • ‘Julian’: a poem by Sally Festing

    ‘Julian’: a poem by Sally Festing

    Image by Andrew Martin from Pixabay Julian, there’s a lost language between us.                             I can’t walk through it but like a cloud it stays in my mind,circling round the differences […]

  • Two poems by Patrick Davidson Roberts

    Two poems by Patrick Davidson Roberts

    Lilburne’s Prayer Oh god; guide of hand and tongue through pamphlet, pillory and prisonwho walked with me from Kineton, washed me in blood all the way to Marston,who spoke within […]

  • Two poems by Tess Jolly

    Two poems by Tess Jolly

    Through an Office Window I am not at work hearing a service user saythe tremors were bad this morning, he’s been told it could be years or weeksbut he’s got no intention […]