Vahni Capildeo


miss you from wherever you’ve gone
and you make a habit of going
as if departure were a texture
wool rope oil water
and you a haute couture collagist
had to try them all
an embarrassment of amethysts
a rental of incandescence
a portcullis of contracts
a tall ship of suggestibility
an unconsciousness of exclusion
an inclusion of unconsciousness
an editorial of thunder and lightning
a staple of staples
a small word in the air

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About Vahni Capildeo

Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo FRSL is a Trinidadian Scottish writer of poetry and non-fiction. The most recent of Capildeo's eight books and eight pamphlets are Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, autumn 2021) and The Dusty Angel (Oystercatcher, 2021). Their interests include silence, plurilingualism, traditional masquerade, and multidisciplinary collaboration. They are Writer in Residence and Professor at the University of York, a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Student of Christ Church, Oxford.