‘Poetry And – Women in the Arctic’, a free event – in partnership with Hercules Editions – curated by Ruth Padel, with poet Helen Mort, travel author and biographer Sara Wheeler, and award-winning artist Emma Stibbon, takes place on Tuesday 16 October in King’s College London’s unique space Chapters on the Strand, 7-9.30pm. Please register for this free event, with free drinks reception after, here.
Below is a poem by Helen from her sequence The Singing Glacier, recently published by Hercules Editions.
Surely the heart must have polynya - places where it’s never hardened into ice. I say you make me melt and I’m lying again beside you my body is already water running clear so cold it freezes the teeth and the child I never was stands in the stream and makes her hands into a cup the shape of a heart, or her best idea of one.