Moonshot

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 … Continue reading Moonshot

Bass Guitar

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 … Continue reading Bass Guitar

Sister

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 … Continue reading Sister

Girl, Woman, Other – BOOK REVIEW

★★★★★ 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 … Continue reading Girl, Woman, Other – BOOK REVIEW