Poem of the week this week comes from Arundhathi Subramaniam’s When God is a Traveller, published by Bloodaxe. When God is a Traveller was shortlisted for the 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize. You can hear Arundathi reading from her collection here.

‘Quick-fix Memos for Difficult Days’


clothes, pillows, books, letters
of the germs of need –
the need to have things mean
more than they do.

Claim verticality.


Trust only the words that begin
their patter
in the rain-shadow valley
of the mind.


Some nights
you’ve seen
enough earth
and sky
for one lifetime

but know you still have unfinished business with both.