Some of these poems have appeared in PN Review, Salon of the Refused, Under the Radar, In my Basket I Dream: The University of Reading Creative Arts Anthology 2016 and New Poetries V. Six of these poems were published in the limited edition Desperate Literature pamphlet Richard Scott / James Womack (Madrid, 2017). Spanish versions of six poems have been published in Quimera. The translation of ‘error’ by Marianna Geide is included by kind permission of the author. The translation of ‘Europa’ by Marie Luise Kaschnitz is included by kind permission of Graf & Graf.

First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Carcanet Press Limited Alliance House, 30 Cross Street, Manchester, M2 7AQ

Text copyright © James Womack 2017

The right of James Womack to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988; all rights reserved.

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library, ISBN 978 1 784104 16 0

Typeset in Great Britain by XL Publishing, Exmouth, Devon Printed in Great Britain by SRP Ltd., Exeter, Devon

The publisher acknowledges financial assistance from Arts Council England.