Wild Court

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

Two poems by Jack Warren

Photo by Ahmed Zayan on Unsplash

from Five Poems for Mushrooms

    Collared Earth Star


Undeterred by lax mornings
of noiseless rain. I renew
an infatuation with the wild
plum and the amanita, trudging
through the forest floor searching
for the revelation of a shared frailty.

Allow me this fundamental awe- to whisper
the parabola of insistent
longing that dips within, and praise
this stubborn mandrake

stern balloon, this bulbous pod
of noxious mould
brooding like a fleshy cowl
in the half-light; tear-drop
spore bomb - wee planet
cresting the soil's firmament.


    Scarlet Elf Cup


Hidden in this inland mire
where a few cold, lone,
winter waders endure
under a white sky

is a webbed furnace
of red mouths
each no bigger than a rosehip
or an imp's chalice

threading the residue
and liminal damp,
forming a neural network
of curiosity and decay.

All divinity accounted for
save the ugly or humble
- you, dregs of colour,
reign in the anonymous cold.