Flying south by Isabel Rogers

Isabel Rogers’ first poetry collection, Don’t Ask, came out in 2017 with Eyewear Publishing. Her work has appeared in various magazines including PoetryPoetry WalesUnder the Radar and Mslexia, and has also been widely anthologised. She won the 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and collaborates regularly with the composer Ian Stephens.





Flying south



I felt a soft distortion in the sky

an unlocatable thrumming; heard the call

for strength, trust and a true compass,


the locked vector in each head

wearing a groove across the world

like iron to the poles.


Time’s bow-wave rippled and shrank to black

leaving me stretching – heavy and unfeathered –

solid human, anchored in a new season.


Isabel Rogers