from Dream Theories

by Iain Britton


the moon dictates

nudges us forwards        reacts to

the cerebral entanglement

of what might be magical    might be

an alternative coexistence


a personal thing       dominates

the square edges

of a loosely-drafted altercation

between observers

lined up for tonight’s

transit of Venus


visions recreate

a very personal thing


we’ve groomed      a planet for the occasion      silvered up

scenic routes      we’ve been included in a film script       of peaks

rock falls       sand dunes a man’s cratered face      

we share the dreamland of a dog      curled up in shadows

& vigilant-like     a lizard    stretches into its lunar skin


[Since 2008, Iain Britton has had five collections of poems published, mainly in the UK. Recently poems have been published or are forthcoming in Cordite, Harvard Review, Poetry, Stand, Agenda, The Literateur, The Black Market Re-View, The Fortnightly Review, Long Poem Magazine, Poetry Wales, The Reader, M58Blackbox Manifold, Molly Bloom, Poetry Salzburg RerviewThe Projectionist’s Playground and the Journal of Poetics Research. A new collection of poetry, The Intaglio Poems, was published by Hesterglock Press (UK) in 2017. For more information:]