Every day, apples fall onto heads…

Today Phoenix Ark Press publish a new poem in The Poet’s Sweatshop – Letter to A Queen, by Santiago Elordi. It is addressed directly to Queen Elizabeth herself, and we think he should win a prize alone for the line ‘Every day, apples fall onto heads, but nothing occurs to anyone’! Santiago is a prize-winning Chilean novelist, and recently appointed Chilean Cultural attaché to Rome. If its greatest theme is the pointlessness of poetry, in today’s world, or its vanishing voice, perhaps he is wrong, because, filled with the melancholia of cultural mis-translations, and the longing of strangers abroad, it slow-burns with a poet’s incandescent anguish for the turning world and vanishing civilisations, or even just a new voice for ‘the Poets of Nothing’. Click

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