Abi Curtis

Abi Curtis, a PhD student at Sussex and the winner of an Eric Gregory Award, is working on her first poetry collection.

Poem: ‘Preserved’

Abi Curtis, 17 March 2005

I: Tollund, after 2000 Years

I found you smoked in the loam, Leathered by the loop of time. Lithe earthling. Bog-bottled.

I turned out the tissues of your paunch To view your last meal. Perhaps you ate it when he did; You, west of Silkeborg, roped then swallowed Into the umber of the Jutland. He, a stone’s throw from Gethsemane, raised to the wind. He crumbled bread, while your crumbled...

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