Gill Learner


Far-flying, far-seeing,
the great span
harnessing air.

A sudden folding
to torpedo depths.
The raising of a creature
to a different element.

Distance shrinks
in his weightlessness
yet he’s burdened
with mystery and myth.


Gill Learner’s  poems fizz and crackle while exploring the vast range of humanity – they are by turns funny, chilling and angry, but are all diverse in form and content. A strong sense of loss pervades these poems, too, and this nostalgia for times past, reflected in poems about motherhood and legends retold, leave a lasting impression.