Monday, April 11, 2011

poetry snapshots: juliet wilson


The year I was born

the plane went down

over uncharted land, drowning

in endless forest, choking damp heat.

Rare parrots watched.

Howler monkeys shouted

through the trees

news of something never seen before.

The crew had no chance.

Rescue teams heard the call

but failed to locate

in endless dense canopy.

Now the bones and wreckage

lie in arid suburban gardens

where at night, the ghosts of howler monkeys scream

and extinct parrots flutter through restless dreams.

published in Unthinkable Skies, 2010, Calder Wood Press (

Juliet Wilson is an Edinburgh based poet and adult education tutor. She blogs at Crafty Green Poet ( and edits the online poetry journal Bolts of Silk ( Her poetry chapbook Unthinkable Skies was published in 2010 by Calder Wood Press ( She is a volunteer with the Water of Leith Conservation Trust, helping to look after one of Edinburgh's rivers (

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