J. Roycroft

Atlantic Highway

  for Brian & Nataly Kelly

Under sweltering awnings,
wood sweats. Nails burst
from flaky wooden beds.
A zephyr whispers in
the wind chimes,
while the pent-up dog
paces another turn in the

heat. High up, the silver
flash of a high-flown jet
on the Atlantic highway.
Its contrail a shivering fume,
passes, like magic from smoke, to air.


J. Roycroft’s work has appeared in Flaming Arrows, The SHoP, Tears in the Fence, and The Burning Bush 2, amongst others. Born in Dublin and educated at Queen’s University of Belfast, he is at work on the companion novels, The Imitation Game and In Fiction.