hvtn

The Wasp Swallower

Isla Anderson

It starts with the leaving of
rooms. Jut-shy. Elbows to hold

and to hold; mosaic // shuttering
the floors and walls like teeth. Pigeon

feet. Ragwort, bright before the horse’s
mouth and it is starving and I cannot stop

the muzzling of it - this // gall. Given on
a palm and not a fist and up the staircase grins

a cutaway where shadows glide like
tongues. Guillotine. Innocuous as static

on the sheets. Aftermath, a jaundice
-clod of petals in my throat, and how

its sleepwalk tinges yellow
from their // seep.


Published in HVTN Vol 2, Issue 1

[she: wild raspberries...]

Sophie Essex

she: wild raspberries in a blue movie / that lilac harvest in the early hours of a sunday mid-month / provocation and all its entitled intensity / de lempicka soft / accidental and four-limbed / when I ask / when I insist / docile when / the slender threads of sex cling delicately / each pine needle loose-leaf / caught / summer rain holding out for the mountain of us / the thrill of the chase / water for drowning / trouble


from HVTN Vol 2, Issue 1. 

New Issue!

Our website is now fully-functional, and we have a fantastic issue now available to purchase. Please do grab a copy and spread the word because we need your support to survive! 

We have work from Isla Anderson, Maya Owen, Sophie Essex, and the eminent George Szirtes.

http://www.hvtn.co.uk/v2-1/

Hope you’re all well,

Andrew

P.S. We’ll be posting sample poems from the issue on here over the next few days!

Announcing: A New Editor

Isla Anderson – also known on Tumblr as nectar-traps – is joining our little team at HVTN ahead of our next submission window, which opens 1st August. Isla has had work in HVTN herself, and she’s been published in Fur-lined Ghettos and Magma Poetry. Also, Isla’s achieved success in a number of competitions, including Foyle Young Poets, Tower Poetry, and Ledbury Poetry Festival. As you can imagine, we’re very excited to have her on board!