Starless, by Patrick Chapman


Set to amuse an empress of India, diamonds are
not even fruit – but flush with satsumas

alone, try getting someone to love you for
money. Made in the whirl of a stellar

ballet, tangelos yield to the cut of my Japanese
blade. The crush of my hand makes me wonder

how diamond and orange are brought to our shores –
and what old blood we spill into new Mason jars.

PATRICK CHAPMAN has published nine poetry collections since 1991. Other books include a novel, three volumes of stories, and a guide to the work of David Cronenberg. His next poetry collection, The Following Year, appears from Salmon in 2023. He lives in Dublin.


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