Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Born in Hong Kong in 1983 to an English father and Chinese mother, she moved to England as a child. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow in English at University College London.

Photo: Hayley Madden


Poetry Centre Stage »

A double bill of poetry for Saturday evening
20:00 reading – Sarah Howe
21:00 reading – Jackie Kay

Sat 4 March | 20:00 - 22:00 | £9.50/£7.50 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium

The StAnza Masterclass »

Led by Sarah Howe

Sun 5 March | 11:15 - 12:45 | £5.00/£4.00 | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Auditorium


On a line by Xu Lizhi

I swallowed a moon made of iron  
you sang
the one who would stare from a fourth-storey sill
waiting for the brunt lick of dormitory fan

to come round again
pitched in the grimy glass
your still-young face electroplates with lunar currents
it clogs the sky

overtime dense as a dentist’s drill
you are shower-capped again in the assembly line
your eyes acid-etched circuitries
where fatigue’s fluorescent scrim settles like dawn

you float between
the rows ministering to never-ending components
their hands a flight of chrome
tongue soldered by thirst

you sway
could almost reach
the cartoon bulb twitching hot above your head
later in your bunk

among strangers hauled from sundry provinces
who fart like dogs in their sleep
you write down a line about the screw that fell
with an unheard plink

to the factory floor
words I read on a screen that reels at my touch
and choke
then tap the next link


Sarah Howe