Richard Hawtree’s poems have appeared in literary magazines including: The Stinging Fly, Banshee, The Honest Ulsterman, The Penny Dreadful, Boyne Berries, and Scintilla. He is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.
I want to make for Michel de Montaigne’s tower;
though unsure of its exact location
(because you can’t rely on current apps)
I think it’s near Bordeaux.
And when I find myself there I’ll retrace
all those exotic maxims
(and maybe some mannerist flourishes)
the Renaissance essayist daubed on roof-beams
for the confounding of millennials.
And I’m minded to sing, and seal love letters
to the timbre of a 3D-printed lute.
And later, descending unsteady trip-stairs,
I’ll head to the Gironde to wash all taste
for algorithms from my clouded feet.
© 2018 Richard Hawtree