• 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

  • Panic! at the Supermarket

    Jan 14, 2020 by

    The moment of Unspeakable DreadI have arrived at Sainsbury’sI left my shopping list at homeUnspeakableNot because my sieve-memory has forgotten whether it was regular or Thai basilDreadNot because I used my last notepad paper with the flowery trim to write itUnspeakable DreadBecause I now have to improvise what to cook for dinner which shouldn’t be… Read more

  • Our Vows Poem + Life update

    Jan 7, 2020 by

    Our Vows Put everything into wordspinging elastic bands at each other when we metordering pizza to survive the first night shiftnavigating the seas of an unexpected ten year gapdevouring your moody atmospheric musicleaving pillow notes the morning afterreminding you that you need to work lessstretching new love into long-distance livestravelling on crowded trains to reach… Read more

  • A Marriage

    Dec 8, 2019 by

    The question I cannot ask:what does that make me?The hinderance, the baggage,the uncategorised?Should I have guessed?There were hints over the yearsrivulets leading me to Heras I forced my way upstream back to Him. You came hometo me, wearing your surprise,your hair now long, gorgeouslyblonde, makeup better than mine.Is it selfish to cry? I don’t know.For… Read more

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