Between garden and suburban skip upon the grey-lichened fence a stag beetle in elegant pose, brown and green in his Black Prince armour. Shocked by the size of him, we stopped to watch as the antlered knight in predatory stance swept the air about his head, as soldiers cut sandbags to remove the guts of enemies hidden there. Meanwhile slowly beneath our notice blacker and larger than her mate another climbed the nearby tree. --- Zoe Brooks' first collection Owl Unbound will be published by Indigo Dreams Publishing in 2020. She has been published by many magazines, including Dreamcatcher, Prole, Obsessed With Pipework, Fenland Reed, and The Rialto. Her long poem Fool's Paradise received the EPIC award for best poetry ebook 2013. Zoe is from Gloucestershire and helps the Cheltenham Poetry Festival with community development, having previously worked with deprived communities in London and Oxford.