Rebecca Goss

Stars in a Field


I have asked for this county
to soften in you

your marrow to swim

with its flint and barley
that you learn villages

and their stiles

sense the shadows
of churches

want stars in a field

bend to its soils
black and alluvial

swallow all the coasts

salt in our kisses
close a cottage door

stay with me behind it

Rebecca Goss is a poet and mentor, living in Suffolk. She is the author of three full-length collections and two pamphlets. Her second collection, Her Birth
(Carcanet/Northern House, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2013, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Portico Prize for Literature. Rebecca’s third full-length collection, Girl, was published with Carcanet/Northern House in 2019 and shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. She is winner of the Sylvia Plath Prize 2022.

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