by Joseph Darlington

Twisting metal

           Sky trellises lit

Red, like iron berries,

           Girders hang, swing,

Carrying more work.

Forty tiny men below

One above, painting

           Oscillations in air

A steel Spirograph

           Of labour, dancing

Under red beams, nude

           Pipes trembling.

Cranes grow cranes

           Tall and wetly red.



Joseph Darlington is a writer and poet from Manchester, England. A selection of his work including his new novel Spare the Glass Picnic (Nowt Press, 2018) is available from, and you can follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Darlo.