Tom Chivers

Tom Chivers: Featured Poet


A kind of lozenge, a pill. A kind
of bullet, ballistic-tipped to kill.
Cylindrical Tardis ; horsebox, nave.
An altered telescope ; a grave
(a kind of seaman’s coffin).
An arch, multiplied : a trap.
A trick of lights and speed.
A fabric gunnel. The inside
of a sleeve. A sheaf rolled up
to swat a fly ; a wave reversed ;
a soundtracked sanctuary. A box.


Tom Chivers was born in 1983 in South London. His publications include How To Build A City (Salt, 2009), The Terrors (Nine Arches, 2009 – Shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award) and, as editor, Generation Txt, City State: New London Poetry and Stress Fractures: Essays on Poetry (Penned in the Margins, 2006, 2009 and 2010). He was Poet in Residence at the Bishopsgate Institute, and in 2009 BBC Radio 4 broadcast his documentary on the poet Barry MacSweeney. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2011.

2 thoughts on “Tom Chivers: Featured Poet”

  1. Hey Tom,

    I just discovered your poem today! It’s a list poem – with riddles. Which is making me think about why I used the word ‘riddle’. Eveything’s a riddle I suppose. It is VERY enjoyable the way you are making and suggesting connections in your poem. I must confess I needed to google Tardis!! Aha! Dr Who. And I love that “a wave reversed”… So I’ll be thinking now about what we’ve built when we put all these tubes of yours together….

    Great poem. Thanks 🙂

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