A series of poems by Shadab Zeest Hashmi (poetry, ’09) appears in Mudlark:
… for the rest of the series, click here.
William Morris, Strawberry Thief (textile design)
Strawberry Thief Singing
The thrush, caught jubilant, after stealing ripe fruit from the artist’s garden, goes to a prison of textile, serves a sentence of centuries in cotton, needles passing through her feathers, stitches on the sigh (or the ghost of song) in her bill, on wings. She will be stretched on Raj furniture across the commonwealth, a souvenir in chintz, her crime displayed on bedspreads. She will hang from windows, a doll of the wind.