Joe Williams

The place where we landed seemed good.

There was water, and food, and air,


but others were there before us,

and they told us we couldn’t stay.


There’s no room here, they said.

We can’t help you.


So we,

the last humans,

went back to our ship

and continued our search

for a home.

Joe Williams is a former starving musician who transformed into a starving poet in 2015, entirely by mistake. He lives in Leeds and appears regularly at events in Yorkshire and beyond. He has been published in numerous anthologies, and in magazines online and in print. In 2017 he won the prestigious Open Mic Competition at Ilkley Literature Festival and had his debut poetry pamphlet, ‘Killing the Piano’, published by Half Moon Books.

Note: ‘Landing’ was previously published in the pamphlet ‘Killing the Piano’.

Edited by Sophie Petrie