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Matthew Griffiths: a poem



Like never knowing the rules

to British Bulldog: a year


with its hands to the brutalist

blocks of the playground, straining


for the opposite wall. I don't

remember the call, but the rush


of young bodies, as though

I had crossed their path in the game


of another imagination –

bound for a fence, a field, a fallen


oak, the holes of goalposts,

an annexed geography of infancy


where a neighbourhood echoes with noise,

lost schools of ghostly girls and boys.

Matthew Griffiths is an editor and educator based in Oxford. His first collection, Natural Economy, was published by Red Squirrel in 2016, and a second is forthcoming.


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