Thomas Shapcott

Joy Hooten reviews 'Spirit Wrestlers' by Thomas Shapcott

Joy Hooton
Thursday, 22 August 2019

Spirit Wrestlers takes its title from ‘Doukhobors’, the name adopted by a strict religious sect that originated in Russia and that was harshly repressed both by the tsarist state and the church. The Society of Friends, attracted by the Doukhobors’ pacifist beliefs and by their prayer meetings, which reject liturgy ...

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'Smell', a new poem by Thomas Shapcott

Thomas Shapcott
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Underneath everything we touch is the smell
Of something too obvious to express
And yet we say there is nothing, nothing at all.

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'Laugh', a new poem by Thomas Shapcott

Thomas Shapcott
Friday, 27 September 2013

What is it about laughter that makes us lift
As if the burden might be gone or the weight
Be somehow alleviated? Laughter is just noise.

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