Poetry from Grant Tarbard


Gargoyles Table



Fair is foul, and foul is fair:

Hover through the fog and filthy air.

– Macbeth: Act 1, Scene 1


The pit of my gut

is a bubbling

cauldron of missing

children, faces of

victims as the blade


goes into soft raw

pomegranate flesh

all clamoring for

the archangels sun

and getting nowhere


my own voice screams at

the horror of it

such foul wretched masks

competing for a

soured place at the


gargoyles table

I’m the old face that’s

tainted forever

I’m the old face that’s

shunned in my bell


tower solitude

the fires that rage

I don’t put out, nor

would I want too for

they are company


He Did Not Rise

An Agnostics Prayer



How did Jesus die?

On a crucifix

like a museum

artifact, wax work

with a crown of thorns?


In tulips with a

wreath of date palms? In

thirst, trying to lick

his wounds to quench that

blossoming lily


that pooled in roses

on Golgotha’s soil?

No, as a man in

wild daylight that sang

out with a cracking


chariot of bones

lost in a refuse

sea blazing with a

cat’s eye in silence,

guiltless as a song


of love. This petal,

stripped after the kill

and beaten again

as if he would rise

and appear in their


rooms at blue midnight.

No, he did not rise

out of the frogspawn

with honeyed pubic

hair, leave him angels,


leave him be for he

did not rise in a

milky morning’s light,

he did not rise in

the dust of Adam.



girls in the machine



all those made redundant girls

are immigrants in this land

with lavender dollhouse cups,

dried sunflowers in the tea.

all those lost girls wandering

the back alleys, motorways,

petrol stations and fast food


dives, nobody notices.

all those come to bed eyed girls

are not there, all those hollow

boned girls that took flight for far,

far yonder. Those common bread

girls are as thin as a slice,

wholemeal apparitions.



My Second Father is an Armada



My second father

Is an armada

Recounting his steps

In billowing sails,

In his empty arms.



In the Bosom


A Soldier Comes Home, script by Dylan Thomas – a Ministry of Information film



The train’s headlamp searching through the glooms knit,

Home is a plucked cherry orchard, downstream

Of the place once knew whose throat has been slit.


Under the bed library books, spines split,

Returned alone with the horizon’s scheme,

The train’s headlamp searching through the glooms knit.


Through remembered lanes, through the closed breath nit

Alleys, into the bombed wide whipping cream

Of the place once knew whose throat has been slit,


To a bazaar of council bushes that sit

Among railings of a chewed beetle seam,

The train’s headlamp searching through the glooms knit.


Hollow cobblestones do a moonlight flit,

Sea shell church yards haven’t got an incense beam

Of the place once knew whose throat has been slit.


Reading a map with a cigarette lit

For a homecoming, bright as bronze wrapped steam,

The train’s headlamp searching through the glooms knit

Of the place once knew whose throat has been slit.


Grant Tarbard is the chief editor at The Screech Owl. I have worked as a journalist, a contributor to magazines, a reviewer and an interviewer.

My poetry can be seen in such magazines as The Rialto, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bone Orchard Poetry, BLAZE, The Journal, Southlight, Sarasvati, Earth Love, Mood Swing, Puff Puff Prose Poetry & Prose, Postcards Poetry and Prose, Playerist 2, Lake City Lights, The Open Mouse, Miracle, Poetry Cornwall, I-70, South Florida Review, Stare’s Nest, Zymbol and Decanto.

My poems have featured in a number of compendiums, including Dogma Publishing’s Miracle at St. Bede’s. Also, I have had poems exhibited at my local gallery a number of times as well as at the Quayside gallery in Maldon, Essex. I came first runner up at the age of sixteen in Ottakar’s National Poetry Competition with a poem entitled Delicacy and won The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’s Sinister Poetry Award May 2014 for his poem Crows Feet.

My first collection ‘Yellow Wolf’ is being published by WK Press.


4 thoughts on “Poetry from Grant Tarbard”

  1. Ness, thank you for posting this poem! I love the coenpct, and love the approach.My one suggestion would be to give the reader an image or metaphor in the absence of either, this is far less powerful than it could be less poetic. Would love to see any future versions! :-)Miriam

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