Matthew Stewart

Translator, Traitor

The War was 39 to 45,
of course. Suffering for the sake of a cause –
common enemies, common memories.

La Guerra, 36 to 39,
was brother killing brother, scores settled
with the neighbours, decades of reprisals,

memorials in every village square.
They only listed the fallen
from the winning side.

Matthew Stewart works in the Spanish wine trade and lives between Extremadura and West Sussex. Following two pamphlets with HappenStance Press, he published his first full collection, The Knives of Villalejo, in 2017.