Dominic Leonard

Dominic Leonard

Ape of Form

So long
the hour adheres to my purpose:

to have known suffering
nebulously, kept our life bound

by the mutation
of dominion and great buildings

ossified, pedestals
illustriously decorated, and locked gates

and fire within.
I have not changed a great deal

has changed. My moody riverside kingdom
burnt, focal and flightless,

and its deft dead
and their cold, yabbering hearts.

DOMINIC LEONARD’s pamphlet of medieval centos, love, bring myself was a Poetry Book Society Selection. In 2019 he received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. He lives and teaches in London.