The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Fiction from Mexico City

Sarah James/Dan Haynes: 1 Poem and Photograph  Publishedin Collaboration

Poem by Sarah James (UK)

Photography by Dan Haynes (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 42

 

 

Solstice

 

We wear each day’s aura                                                           

as a coat. Thin layers              
of sky, cloud, rain:

silks of blue, soft whites

or heavy hessian.

 

Earth and grass shoe us.

I choose dawn for my lips,

frost for party sparkle

and sunlight as warm

mantle for cold skin.                             

 

 

Sarah James

Inspired by Dan Haynes’ photo ‘God’s Rays’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pungent

 

Never before, this pain in not-knowing,
that need to fix names on things.

Not wildlife but great tit, starling, buzzard.
Not countryside – cowslip, ragwort, lamb’s lettuce.

All bird and plant to me; in varying beaks,
feathers and leaves. But he wanted the exact

passed down, as his Grandad did with him.
Still, only the magpie stuck with me;

a lone black and white, chattering.
And the once-sharing of wild garlic.

Found, out foraging, this lingers –
its scent as pungent as loss.

About the Poet and Photographer

Sarah James's latest narrative in poems, The Magnetic Diaries, is published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press and she has a poetry collection, plenty-fish, out with Nine Arches Press summer 2015. Her first collection, Into the Yell, (Circaidy Gregory Press) won third prize in the mutli-genre International Rubery Book Awards 2011. She runs the small poetry imprint V. Press and her website is at: www.sarah-james.co.uk and V. Press.

Dan Haynes is a landscape and night photographer from Macclesfield, Cheshire, on the edge of the Peak District in the North West of England. He is a keen hiker, which goes hand in hand with the type of work he likes to produce, working with light and shadow to illuminate a landscape scene. Also a keen night photographer, Dan enjoys using low light to change an otherwise ordinary scene.