Whitebeams and rock cress, speedwell and squill
think they’ve grown here for ever.

Only the stones remember
the webbing of sunlight and water
sharks silhouetted against the sky

fall open like books to share their story
show their collections of teeth and shells,
jostling corals and crinoids pressed like wild flowers.

They’re trying to warn us. The smell of salt is in the air,
coffined creeks and culverts stir
under tarmac
black water rising

                   this shiftless city lulled on dreams
        the mud-bound boat under Stephen’s church
                                                                           starting to    drift 

The fossil shells and corals indicate that the limestone of…

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Deborah Harvey’s poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. She has three poetry collections, Communion (2011), Map Reading for Beginners (2014), and Breadcrumbs (2016), all published by Indigo Dreams, while her historical novel, Dart, appeared under their Tamar Books imprint in 2013. Her fourth collection, The Shadow Factory, will be published in 2019. Deborah is co-director of The Leaping Word poetry consultancy.

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