Mots by Rebecca Gethin





Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon. In 2017 two pamphlets were published: A Sprig of Rowan by Three Drops Press and All the Time in the World by Cinnamon Press who published an earlier collection and two novels. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow. In 2018 she jointly won the Coast to Coast Pamphlet competition and has been awarded a writing residency at Brisons Veor.  
















Sound artist: Eliza Lomas




We needed to name

what we hadn’t found words for…

wrote burnished brass, blood-vein, lead belle.

They came to us like missives from ourselves.


Their attraction to lights (mistaken for moon)

is what erased them

in their thousands 

clouded magpie, lute string, hebrew character.


The smallest need a microscope

to tell them apart,

and can only be spoken of in Latin

cryptoblabes bistriga, phycita robrella.   


Now that they’ve been pinned

to illustrations

we’ll maybe recall

the meanings of the old words 


by the hieroglyphs on their wings

even as they vanish, year

by year, word by

word – engrailed, merveille du jour. 



Rebecca Gethin


‘Mots’ is from Rebecca’s new collection Vanishings (Palewell Press, 2020).  




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