Bishops’ Hearts – by Matthew Stewart


(El Convento de Santa Clara, Zafra)

Outside, people rustle and mutter
an order for biscuits through the mesh
and solid silence. Her fingers count

the Corazones de Obispo,
stroking their almond-encrusted shells.
A hatch revolves. The hearts have gone.




Matthew Stewart works in the Spanish wine trade and lives between West Sussex and Extremadura. His first full collection,The Knives of Villalejo (Eyewear Publishing, 2017), was preceded by two pamphlets with HappenStance Press. He blogs at Rogue Strands