Glyn Maxwell’s books include A Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected ­Poems and On Poetry, which is available in England and will be published in the US in the fall.
 (April 2013)


With a View of the Sea

October, and the sea this morning rests its cheek against the quays; the pattering upon the awning’s seeds of the acacia trees, keeping a beat. The blazing sun is hoisting up out of the sea a piercing stare that doesn’t burn, just as …

The Execution of Saint-Just at Thermidor

In his favourite coat, immaculately smart, as if invited—as if death were at home to him that day—he played a Frenchman’s part as everything went Roman. Robespierre, who’d managed two whole letters of his name, began to bleed to death with a frantic …