exist somewhere outside of us. We never
meet them, the shadow-creatures that lurk
under all visible structures.
They don't hear us. They say many things. They
follow the money. They
forecast the wrong weather. They
are behind every calamity.
Some have imagined Them giant lizards,
others a secret, exclusive club
but that is to give Them a body, a name.
Their essence is that They cannot be grasped.
A C Clarke is a poet living in Glasgow who has won a number of prizes over the years and been widely published in anthologies and magazines. Her fifth full collection, A Troubling Woman (Oversteps Books), came out in 2017. She was one of four joint winners in the Cinnamon Press 2017 poetry pamphlet competition with War Baby, which was published in January 2018. She has worked with the poets Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton on a series of poems in Gaelic, Scots and English, her own contribution being in English. A second collection of these poems is due out in 2019.