Originally from Northern Ireland, Miriam Gamble lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), which won a Somerset Maugham Award, Pirate Music (2014), and What Planet (2019), all published by Bloodaxe. She has been a mentor on the Clydebuilt and Ledbury Emerging Critics programmes and a judge on the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award.
Bringing him home in the car, a handcup’s white
spatter of fur in a carry box the scale
of the cavernous blue to Jonah, you thought him dead
of a heart attack and halted to check.
In what you remember as the dark but
can’t have been given it was summer,
round eyes met your hazel stare. The throat
withheld its music; wary as mussels,
the lungs creaked on their fragile string.
Your face against the grid, blunt as a shark.
from What Planet (Bloodaxe Books, 2019)