Brynich Aqueduct – by Gareth Writer-Davies


the keystone
is the strength of any arch

the trick
of transporting one reach of water over another

the perch and roach
and others of the shallow trench

unaware of their suspension

to feed and scrap
and even procreate (fifty feet up)

as if bricks and limestone
are sediment

and the drop to the river
a water-fall

the art
of snugging one stone against another

is the adaptation of habitat
by thought

an arch carved by a chisel
is still nature





Gareth Writer-Davies. Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (2014 and 2017) and the Erbacce Prize (2014), commended in the Prole Laureate Competition (2015) and Prole Laureate winner in 2017. His pamphlet “Bodies”, was published in 2015  by Indigo Dreams and the pamphlet “Cry Baby” came out 2017. His first collection “The Lover’s Pinch” (Arenig Press) was published June, 2018.

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