• Intimations – BOOK REVIEW

    Oct 18, 2020 by

    In a new series on my blog, I will be writing essays of the texts I am currently studying for my Creative Writing MA course, including my own opinions on the piece as well as a look into the creative devices each writer employs. In his review of Intimations for The New York Times, John… Read more

  • Safeguarding

    Jul 28, 2020 by

    I have started screening your calls. Not with a fancy electronic system. It’s just me recognising the 512 at the end of your number. You call that often. Even then, I still have to answer. My skin purrs, my chest tightens, every time you call. I have saved your file onto my desktop, for easy… Read more

  • Verging the Sea

    Jul 17, 2020 by

    Verging the sea,her arms lift toremove cobwebs.Rocks lacerate herfeet, she is instantlyunconscious ofher own starvation. The week, achingher neck, slowlybackstrokes awaypulling the din ofphones, emails and alitany of mucky kitchensinto a sandy obscurity. Salty seaweed salivakisses her wounds andplaits her hair intothe rock pools, awayfrom her weekday,to be embraced bythe unbridled ocean. My blog reached… Read more

  • We All Watch Ourselves on Skype

    May 5, 2020 by

    I’m such a bad Skyper! I keep looking at myself how I talk how I Zoom how I existIt’s just vanity I put make-up on today I putmake-up on which I haven’t worn in ageswhich has become my new standard ofdiscipline So you’re delivering this meeting this quiz this therapy this catch-upI’m sorry, but I… Read more

  • Mel’s Leaving Do

    Mar 30, 2020 by

    Defensive cubicles hide your growing apathy. It’s like a musty scarf covering your mouth. You reek of printer-inked coffee-stained passivity. Dave’s fluorescent “party” tie explodes through the room divider cracks. You’re choking on your own groans by this point. An absence of light is followed by a chordof ABBA, strobes, a chorus of cheersthat’s like… Read more

  • Moonshot

    Feb 17, 2020 by

    Moonshot Sally Dead pretty Madwoman Introduce your guide For the perplexed Broken Man Architect the demise of This Longer Body From the Bonus of Laughter Enjoy your cackling Amongst the attic of Unremarkable Stars Moonshot Sally Some Lady Displaced I created this poem from an exercise I did at a creative writing workshop I recently… Read more

  • Bass Guitar

    Feb 2, 2020 by

    You beat, after the drums You strum, low and monotonous Like factory smoke spluttering You are background Hurtled into musical oblivion When a guitar begins Twangy and static and Unmoving and angry Like metal scaffolding The building site underneath The roaring arena Until you are isolated Then the melody emerges Which you were playing All… Read more

  • Sister

    Jan 28, 2020 by

    Little sister/daughter/girlblack ringlets frame your faceand gap-toothed smile.Bundled up in pink/purple puffy coatslike melted marshmallowswe explore our garden/jungle/forestmittened hands clasped.Little ladybirdscurrying behind the treesyou gleefully begin our game ofpretendingto be spies/heroes/mermaidsbefore retiring for the dayinto our lilac sanctuary/roomgiggling into the night scribing bunk-bed messagesfor the future. Sister/daughter/womanblack ringlets frame your faceand pierced nose.Cross-legged and poised… Read more

  • Girl, Woman, Other – BOOK REVIEW

    Jan 21, 2020 by

    Welcome to Britain and twelve very different people – mostly women, mostly black – who call it home. Teeming with life and crackling energy, ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ follows them across the miles and down the years. With vivid originality, irrepressible wit and sly wisdom, Bernardine Evaristo presents a gloriously new kind of history for this… Read more

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