PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Jeffrey Side studied English at Liverpool University and Leeds University, and has been published in various magazines such as Poetry Salzburg Review, and on poetry web sites such as Underground Window, A Little Poetry, Poethia, nthposition, eratio, Ancient Heart, Blazevox, Lily, Big Bridge, Jacket, Textimagepoem, Apochryphaltext, 9th St. Laboratories, P.F.S. Post, Great Works, hutt, ken*again, Poets' Corner, The Dande Review, Poetry Bay, Dusie and CybpherAnthology. He has reviewed poetry for New Hope International, Stride, Acumen, and Shearsman. From 1996 to 2000 he was the assistant editor of The Argotist  magazine. He now edits The Argotist Online. He has two poetry volumes available: Carrier of the Seed (Blazevox) and Slimvol (cPress). Read his conversation with our editors.

Plaster Piece | Call Me to the Wind


Plaster Piece

The sky-blue plaster piece
you chose because I touched it,
you will always keep.
You like to spend the days with me.

The Sunday I first took you
on plastic with red button lens
you turned out well.
The air was cold, but it was shining.

And the round crowned church
held you in its circle
and calmed you at my side.

You take photos on the light.


Call Me to the Wind

Call me to the wind
and I will herd the shepherds in.
And floating leaves that crisp beneath my feet
will not wake me from my vividness.

I can see the room
that never left my gaze.
And I can hear the leather of your shoes
approaching me as

I sit beneath a temple
whose worshippers have gone, long ago,
to collect the lamps
that light the trees.

They saw the fall
and tempted us away from here.
But in that sprinkled moment
we felt ourselves immune and chaste.

So we cursed the leaden boxes
as we fell too far to see the shiny vapours
that led to the stream
where the horses sleep.

Place de Lices, St. Tropez by Matisse