The woman who captured a planet

It was the time of the Wolf Moon
when the planet of winter appeared.

On the hill, every night
she pressed her eye to the cylinder, waiting
         ​   for the magnification.
         ​            ​   ‘Proving it, is impossible,’ he said,

but he did not deny the fact of its existence.
She knew it would only take one click
​​         ​            ​   of the shutter
– one howl.

Alison Lock’s poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals in the UK and internationally. Her first poetry collection, A Slither of Air, was winner of the Indigo Dreams Poetry Collection Competition 2010; her second, Beyond Wings, was published in 2015. She is the author of a short story collection, and a fantasy novel, Maysun and the Wingfish (Mother’s Milk Books, 2016). Her website:

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