Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
It is impossible to imagine literary life in Britain without Carcanet.
William Boyd
Phoebe Power Shortlisted for Somerset Maugham Award
We are delighted to share the news that Phoebe Power has been shortlisted for this year's Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors, for her debut collection, Shrines of Upper Austria ! read more
Ken Cockburn Shortlisted for Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize
We're overjoyed to share the news that Ken Cockburn has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize for translation, for his versions of Christine Marendon 's poems in Heroines from Abroad , a dual-language German-English text. read more
Martina Evans Shortlisted for Pigott Poetry Prize
We're over the moon to share the news that Now We Can Talk Openly About Men by Martina Evans has been shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize in association with Listowel Writers’ Week, chosen by adjudicators Jo Shapcott and Ian McMillan. read more
Welcome to Carcanet Press, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time. Now in its fifth decade, Carcanet publishes the most comprehensive and diverse list available of modern and classic poetry in English and in translation, as well as a range of inventive fiction, Lives and Letters and literary criticism.
The Catalan Poems The Catalan Poems Pere Gimferrer Tr. Adrian Nathan West
Girl Girl Rebecca Goss
Prophecy Prophecy Thomas McCarthy
Skin Can Hold Skin Can Hold Vahni Capildeo
A Few Interiors A Few Interiors Rowland Bagnall
Nineveh Nineveh Zohar Atkins
The Silence The Silence John Greening
Tripping Over Clouds Tripping Over Clouds Lucy Burnett
Poem of the Day

Cuddles are Drying up Like the Sun in a Data Lake

Lisa Kelly

Sun is such a hard word, like a boiled sweet
in one of those round travel sweet tins
that nobody wants unless they’re sick,
those citrus colours: lemon, lime and orange
that even without tasting make your mouth water
to counter the churn in your stomach.

Sun is such a hard word, with its ‘s’ and ‘n’
that could have an ‘o’ or an ‘i’ slotted between
for that Donnian pun or a postlapsarian chime
making it harder to give birth to or acknowledge,
spat out in a sibilant spray of spittle
ending in bright, shining negation.

Sun is such a hard word, once part of Microsystems
swallowed by Oracle, its SPARC processor in LEON
designed for space use, a fully open-source
implementation that neither you nor I
can understand, the most likely meaning:
cuddles are drying up like the sun in a data lake
Taken from 'New Poetries VII'...
Access digital editions of selected Carcanet titles
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog Les's Portrait Head: Jonathan Hirschfeld read more Dollhouse on Fire: Sheri Benning read more Rebecca Goss on Alison Watt read more Jane Yeh: On Misfits, Outsiders and Klaus Nomi read more 'We can love our past not because it was easy, but simply because it was ours': Thomas McCarthy read more PN Review 246: Editorial read more
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2019 Carcanet Press Ltd