The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Morgan Downie: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Morgan Downie (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 45






out on the ice the fishermen

shamble like bears, huddled

around their boreholes, waiting


we crouch in houses painted

red as blood, shrouded in ice

lights trembling in winter dark


in the birch wood only the elk move,

antlers bearded with frost, each

exhalation a factory of breath


between window cracks chrysalids wait

for the spidered glass to melt, our frosted

skin to split and open into green summer

About the Poet

Morgan Downie writes short stories and poetry and is a visual artist. His first collection stone and sea was published by Calder Wood press. This was followed by distances, a Romanian- English photo-poetry collection, and a lazarus, a chapbook length collection that was shortlisted for the Qartsilunni Prize. He has been shortlisted for the Macallan Orange short story prizes and the Bridport poetry prize.

Image: 'Baby sitting Butterfly' by Loowgren.