Friday Poem – ‘Stowaway I (He Dreamed of Byzantium)’ by Richard Gwyn

This week’s Friday Poem is ‘Stowaway I (He Dreamed of Byzantium)’ by Richard Gwyn which appears in his collection Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure. 

Richard Gwyn is the laureate of ‘Reckless Travel’, one of the poems in his richly imagined collection, Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure. The protagonist is a nameless anti-Ulysses figure who wanders through the eastern Mediterranean. Yet these journeys are composed of both memory and dream, they hold out alluring visions of the region: Venice, Istanbul, Greece, Egypt, Palestine but also recall bloody histories and the darker side of rootlessness, echoing the voices of both refugee and war victim.




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