#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Eleventh Day: 7th. Common pipistrelle bat/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Steven Stokes, Amanda Bell and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

Eleventh Day – Common pipistrelle bat

Pipistrelle

As sunset stains the sky
they pour like mercury from the gap
in the outbuilding door.

Swoop, zip and circle
in the glare of light around the lamp,
catch moths on the wing.

Jerk, twist and turn,
hoover up lacewings and biting midges
in fluid aerobatic displays.

Not black, a warm cognac;
these flittermice click songflights,
slice through air.

Matchbox-small,
beady eyes glitter like black stars
in tiny dog faces.

A strange kind of mammal,
they sleep upside down, umbrella wings spread
ready for the next sunset.

-Annest Gwilym

Pipistrellus female-1 pipistrelle

A Pipistrellus pipistrellus (i.e., the common pipistrelle) sits in the hands of a researcher.

pipistrelles by Steven Stokes

pipisrellles

Pipistrelles by Amanda Bell

Bats Emerge

-Hannah Linden

Moor Park on Guy Fawkes Night 2020

A couple walking laps
have paused to watch
a startled bat wheel
round a bare tree,
a lost leaf flapping
blindly in the storm.

They walk away
while it still circles,
knowing it will fly
till it collapses
in the dark

where people meet
illicitly to light
black market fireworks
and watch them throw
their fleeting shapes
defiantly into the sky.

–Katerina Neocleous 

Bios and Links

-Annest Gwilym

Author of two books of poetry: Surfacing (2018) and What the Owl Taught Me (2020), both published by Lapwing Poetry. Annest has been published in many literary journals and anthologies, both online and in print, and placed in several writing competitions, winning one. She is a nominee for Best of the Net 2021.

-Katerina Neocleous

is a British Greek poet, and co edits the quarterly poetry magazine, ‘Obsessed With Pipework’. She is published in multiple poetry journals and anthologies. In 2019 she was commissioned to make a short film about her poetry, for a national museum & art gallery. Her chapbook is called ‘Wish’ (Maytree Press); and a full collection is forthcoming from Flarestack Publishing. Visit her at katneocleouspoet.com for more information.

#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Tenth Day: 6th. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Lisa McCabe and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

Tenth Day – Brown long-eared bat

Plecotus auritus 2013-2_(cropped) brown long eared

Alias Oreillard roux, merci @chamsz www.antiopa.info/109-chauve-souris-mammifere-grotte-rouss…

M. lucifugus

Powder snout, fungus-muzzled,
your snuffled rasps mine the sediments,
wake you blink-eyed, gasping, early out
of your torpid seasonal penitence.
You wake alone. Outside winter holds
her grip, as one by one your smudge-nosed
colony stirs and chatters, the whole dank
chamber hacking like a typhus ship
until the hunger rush and you launch unison
on twigged wings out of your encampment’s
mouth to find a frozen, snow-blind land
where no insects fly and no birds sing.
And so return to your waiting roost
where you huddle and hang, fold
back into the nuzzled cloak of yourself,
slowly starve by increments.
Your dopplered heart stalls and stills. Your tiny
claws lose their grip as you slip light as a leaf
to the reliquary floor. As you, my Fledermaus,
will fall out of memory and fall out of myth;
Some old wives’ fairied tale of you catching
in a young girl’s hair or circling a bride
on her wedding eve, portensions of a doomed
romance or a violent end to a nuptial ring.
While a house frau’s batting broom
rests easy by an unlit hearth,
children sleep undisturbed by dreams
of your little teeth at their delicate throats.


* M. lucifugus (little brown bat) faces extinction across North America as a result of a condition named white nose syndrome — a
fungus inadvertently brought from Europe to North America

-Lisa McCabe

The High Window: Poetry Issue 23 Autumn 2021

The Featured American Poet, Autumn 2021:Sharon Kunde

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For many years  Sharon Kunde has been an English teacher in schools and universities in Albania, Mongolia, New York, and California. She recently completed her PhD in English at the University of California, Irvine, and is currently a teacher at the International School of Los Angeles. Her dissertation, for which she was awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, proposes a posthumanist and ecocritical reframing of the traditional canon of American Transcendentalist texts. Her poetry shares with herscholarly work an abiding concern with embodiment, relationality, nonhuman animals, and matter.

She has published writing  in The Harvard Review, The Colorado Review, Salt Front, Spoon River Poetry Review, Twentieth-Century Literature, Split Rock Review, The LA Review of Books,The LA Times, Midwestern Gothic, and other journals. Her chapbook Year of the Sasquatch is forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press, and her chapbook From Dark to Waking, was selected as a…

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Franca Mancinelli: An Essay and a Short Sequence of Clear Seawater

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Franca Mancinelli was born in Fano, Italy, in 1981. Ever since her first collection, Mala kruna (2007), she has been considered one of the most compelling voices in contemporary Italian poetry. Both Mala kruna and her subsequent collection, Pasta madre (2013), were awarded several prizes in Italy and later republished together as Mala Kruna and Mother Dough in a translation by John Taylor, under the overarching title At an Hour’s Sleep from Here (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2019). In 2018, The Bitter Oleander Press had already published her collection of prose poems in Taylor’s translation: The Little Book of Passage.

Mancinelli’s new collection of poems and poetic prose, Tutti gli occhi che ho aperto (All the Eyes that I have Opened), appeared in Italy in September 2020. Most of the pieces from this new book, as well as a substantial number of Mancinelli’s prose texts and…

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The High Window Resident Artist: Stella Wulf

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Claire Jefferson (who writes under the pseudonym Stella Wulf) was born in Lancashire, but grew up in North Wales. She moved to France in 2000 where she and her husband bought a large derelict property at the foot of the Pyrenees. Living on site and tackling one room at a time, she is now, more than twenty years on, banging in the last nail and working on plans for a new-build project.

Despite a lifelong love of poetry, Claire came to writing late in life in an epiphanic moment whilst painting doors. It became an obsession fuelled by Jo Bell’s 52 group, culminating in a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, from Lancaster University.

Claire is a qualified interior designer, but it is only with the luxury of time that she has been able to pursue her passion for painting, exhibiting in several galleries and selling her paintings worldwide. She…

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The High Window’s Autumn issue: First Instalment

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Here is the first instalment of the Autumn 2021 issue of The High Window. The second instalment will be posted in two weeks.

The following new material can be accessed via the top menu:

  1. A selection of homegrown and international poetry from 35 poets
  2.  Poetry from Sharon Kunde, the Featured American Poet
  3. An essay and a sequence of poems by Franca Mancinelli translated by John Taylor
  4. Artwork by Stella Wulf, The High Window‘s Resident Artist, based on  poetry by Stella herself and Graham Mort.

There are also four new poems  in the Editor’s Spot.

Finally, The High Window Press has  published two new collections: Mollusc by Mark Totterdell and The Silver Samovar by Jenny McRobert.

Enjoy!

David

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#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Ninth Day: 5th. Ghost Bat (False Vampire) / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Michael Leach and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

Ninth Day -Ghost Bat

Homeless Ghost Bats by Michael Leach in Spillwords

Homeless Ghost Bats by Michael Leach in Spillwords

#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Eighth Day: 4th. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Kim M. Russell and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

Eighth Day – Brandt’s Bat

Myotis brandti

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Batty by Kim Russell

#Batfest 28th August – 31st September. Seventh Day: 3rd. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos. First drafts always welcome. Please join Neal Zetter, Andrew Nightingale and myself in celebrating bats. I will feature your bat poems, artwork photography, and setting myself the challenge of writing a bat sonnet a day. Anybody written bat poems they would love me to feature on my blog? Please include an up to date, short, third person bio with your contribution. Here are the first eleven day themes: 28th Bats And Coronavirus/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 29th Alcathoe bat/General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 30th. Mexican Free-tailed Bat (fastest mammal)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 31. Barbastelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,1. Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox (The Largest)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 2. Bechstein’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos,3. Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 4. Brandt’s bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 5. Ghost Bat (False Vampire)/ General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos 6. Brown long-eared bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos, 7. Common pipistrelle bat / General Bat Poems/Artwork/Photos

Seventh Day – Honduran White Bat

Ectophylla_alba_Costa_Rica Honduran White Bat (The Tent Maker)

Ectophylla alba (honduran white bat) in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Bats 2 by Neal Zetter

-Neal Zetter

how it feels to be a bat by Andrew Nightingale

-Andrew Nightingale

Honduran White Bat

Briefly stay in many leaf homes we make.
First our teeth cut holes on leaf underside,
our feet and thumbs grab hold, our thumbs pull, take
it downwards, break some leaf fibers, decide

to abandon it. Continue others.
I and three more stay with Him in one, two
Long Darknesses, then move to another.
I cut and reshape other homes. Blown through

by gust or damaged by heavy rain I
abandon. He often grooms himself, cuts
no work on our homes. Some groom and work. My
baby play shapes a broken leaf . Such

sharpen their making skills, use mouth and thumb.
Soon they will be shaping their own homespun.

-Paul Brookes