Strasbourg (2010)


Alan Jude Moore’s third collection, about our cities, states and citizenship; about how we are more united by the expanse of our continent, by common needs and histories, than we are divided by its governments, nations and borders. With the movement of people, information and ideas we evolve, through empires and republics and the rubble they leave behind.

Ship Street

the castle sits on top
of streams and remains
buried deep in the solid
tracts of all that time
passed since founding

since walls formed
over forgotten gold and silver
running beneath us
in underground seams
another thing undiscovered

like the bore holes
and well shafts silted over
half driven into the world
our small communications
measured in torsion

our paw prints marked
on iron railings and steps
straightened up on exit

tunnels left to fold themselves
back into the earth



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