Greg Freeman is a former newspaper sub-editor who is now news editor for the poetry website Write Out Loud. 'Bagni di Lucca' and 'The Butterflies of Yorkshire' are included in his debut pamphlet collection, Trainspotters, published by Indigo Dreams more »
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The Butterflies Of Yorkshire
Colonised, old railway tracks and pits.
Spread of creeping thistle and bracken.
Limestone grasslands, brimstone broods;
fritillaries, clouded yellows.
Migrations on the Spurn peninsula.
Spoil heaps, soot pollution,
westward movement towards Pennines.
Painted ladies that travel by night,
honeydew and damp meadows.
Conservation, hibernation, extinctions.
Late sightings in gardens, allotments,
cemeteries, headlands, clearings.
Malham Tarn, Knaresborough,
Robin Hood’s Bay, Orgreave.
The damage to ...