Phoebe Power was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, grew up in Cumbria and currently lives in York. Her debut poetry collection, Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018) was awarded the 2018 Forward (Felix Dennis) Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the 2018 T.S. Eliot Prize, and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She has collaborated with other artists on projects including a live performance of her pamphlet Harp Duet (Eyewear, 2016), and Christl, a video installation involving poetry, visual art and sound. Phoebe received a Northern Writers’ Award in 2014 and an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012.
there was this fellow
and there was this fellow running about with his back out and a big hole in his lungs
everything just hung out, and there was no doctor. Everyone laying there like animals, laying about!
I distinctly remember this soldier running about with his cap on
alright if he was
and they were all laying there on straw, like animals
this fellow running about with a big hole in his back
with his back
and there was nobody there to help him no doctor they said
First published in Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet, 2018)