C is for Cathedral


Image © Gemma Kelly 2015


A bronze St George frees the Dragon of Our Piety,

who has two sides as piety often does;

one an insister on rites, adherent to books,

one a less famous sincerity.

Fresh from centuries of lonely sobriety

he no longer swallows wine to light it up,

drinks in Evensong, the stained-glass blood drops

the life-affirming woodwork, and friendly society;

where walls are blasted down then built back up,

and some left broken down, and myths are broken down.



Merrie Joy Williams

A New Manchester Alphabet cover




You can buy copies of A New Manchester Alphabet from Manchester Art Gallery, The Portico Library, at various bookshops or online.