Vishvantara lives in a Buddhist women’s residential community, works as a piano teacher and has called herself a poet since 1993 though she generally writes little and publishes less (through laziness, mostly). She has finally amassed enough poems to form a small pamphlet to be published in September 2015 by Happenstance. In the noughties she won first prize in the Poetry London competition and has twice been commended in the National. She would like to acknowledge gratitude to her poetry teachers: those on her first Arvon course in 1993 and subsequently Pascale Petit and Mimi Khalvati.

Painting of a Mouse, by Shibata Zeshin

Of a Mouse, To a Mouse

The clean pink two back feet he has have long toes almost like a bird’s. Unlike a bird’s, the tail, a draggled earthworm, limps behind his search. Head joined on…

Gao Qipei - Stag. Walters Art Museum

In Richmond Park

Here is the cusp of November colour: deer in a nicotine prairie. Trunks snaked by squirrels, clouds and crows over yellow and russet leaf-rag. On thin legs, bulbous-jointed like twiglets,…