J R Carpenter

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J. R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across live performance, print, and digital media. Her digital writing has been presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. This is a Picture of Wind, a weather poem for phones, won the Dot Award for Digital Literature 2015. Her hybrid print and web-based work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. A book by the same name was published by Uniformbooks in 2017. Her debut poetry collection, An Ocean of Static, published by Penned in the Margins, was highly commended for the Forward Prize 2018.



a ria

a rise

a river runs

green in the shadow

of a steep wooded bank

deep roots tangle in dense strata

the rucked sheets of the Dartmouth beds

the ancient stone of the Lower Devonian

a dark strip between water and leaf

slate slants askance at the falling tide

mist eats green leaves alive

cloud shadows the far shore

counterfeits the coast

the river rolls out its yardage

bolts of shot silk shiver silver

pocked pewter

puckering grey

rain like we haven’t seen for some time

stains the parched fields green

pummelled plums fall

purple eggs from the sky