Until youâ€™ve lived in a country
full of kitchens full of saucepans
that slowly creak to the boil,
a kettle wonâ€™t seem to whistle
like the owner of a loose dog
calling it back, calling it home.
Â© Matthew Stewart, previously published in The Knives of Villalejo
Picture 11964520, photograph by Charles Phelps Cushing, image copyright Mary Evans / Classic Stock
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. More recent poems have appeared in The Spectator, The New European and Stand.