If Burns’s collection is like the soothing chatter of grownups, the voices in JL Williams’s After Economy are more akin to the half-heard voices of dreams – compelling, disorientating, moreish – leaving you, on waking, wondering what just happened… The summary-haiku (which raises more questions than it answers) has it: ‘The red glittering / destruction of the self which / is also the heart.’ The heart slowly beats us into oblivion: a neat (if uncomfortable) thought, and one of many fecund ideas in this rich, strange collection. Penny Boxall, The Compass

Poems Published Online

Five Poems – Eurolitkrant

Three Poems – Blackbox Manifold

5 + 1 Poems from After Economy – Spanish translation by Nilton Santiago, Vallejo & Co.

Weak – by Ferenc L. Hyross, translation by Ferenc L. Hyross and JL Williams, Modern Poetry in Translation, Winter Edition 2018

The Beautiful – The Interpreter’s House, Issue 69

Presence Orestes Presence – Adjacent Pineapple

JL Williams: Five Poems – Scottish Review of Books

Light Poems and more – dhamma moon

Three Poems – DangerousWomenProject.org

content work produce form – Cooper Gallery

Street Lighting – Edinburgh Unsung Anthology

Time Breaks the Heart – Edinburgh Review

All Water – Cordite Poetry Review

Open Bracket / Closing Bracket: An Object Lesson in Levitation – Cooper Gallery

The Lost Child & Desiderata Nocturne – Molly Bloom

Heart’s Flight & A Trillion Stones – The Compass

A Rush A Kiss A Rush – Scotia Extremis

Only the Mountain – Until Only the Mountain Remains (Talbot Rice Gallery)

Through Man Does Woman Shine/on the eclipse of the sun in the year 1597 – StAnza

Dazzle from the Signal Project – Edinburgh Art Festival 2016

Logos – Best Scottish Poems 2015

Locust and Marlin – Best Scottish Poems 2014

Pteria – transitstation, Copenhagen 2010


The dead remember their skin,
how it held the body in and that which
kissed.  They watch us night by night,
asleep, legs and bodies entwined,
receiving messages from every breath and drift.
jl williams

Writing On Poetry

The Unconveyable – The Bottle Imp

On Waiting for the Barbarians by C. P. Cavafy – Scottish Poetry Library

Photo Credit: Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee. Photographer: Kathryn Rattray

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