Sam Willetts

Sam Willetts’s first book, New Light for the Old Dark, will be published by Cape in April 2010.

Two Poems

Sam Willetts, 17 December 2009

On the Smolensk Road

The Stukas, finished with the men and tanks, turned back for the civilians – the mile-after-mile of refugees scuffing and trundling behind the Russian retreat

and bottlenecked before a bridge over the Dnieper. The cocked gull-wings were sighted, the panic warning yelled along the line, and everybody ran,

cowering, hands on heads into the roadside fields. One woman...

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