Monthly Archives: November 2012

LEAVING 2

You’ve washed the bathroom wall until it gleams. It only looked like that when you moved in. You’ve wiped each shelf. Washed out the garbage bin so you could eat pate from it. It seems everything’s done. You check it … Continue reading

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LYCORIS

Their smoke hangs, hardly seen. The words are ash that named them, loved them. Honour those wisps the lovers of lost poets. Hairstyles, lisps, bracelets, faint traces of a strawberry rash when she ate herring – all these things are … Continue reading

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LEAVING

So hard to leave. Cliches turn new again in your last week. The sky’s a smoky grey, rain’s pearl. Leaves crackle. You don’t want to stay, or split. Hot summer felt like the disdain of the whole city, now it … Continue reading

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TROUBADOUR

She was the princess worshipped from afar, the actual original. Her life mostly all statecraft. An assassin’s knife had killed her husband, so she went to war as women could, with promises and smiles that bought alliances. She died in … Continue reading

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AFTER RONSARD

You’re decades older, still completely hot, making some boots. The artificial light makes your skin satin. In your blog you’ll write that you reread my sonnets. This is what you’ll say ‘Roz Kaveney had me as her Muse.’ Your employees … Continue reading

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BEAUTY

There’s a vocation. You might say a call though cheekbones, bright eyes, slightly surreal wit may be the things that help you choose, for it has elements about it which appal. It happens that you have a mind and soul … Continue reading

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COMPLICITY

Two of the band had fed her drugs and booze then fucked her arse. Their set that night was cool. I played their album all the time at school. Half of the harm we’ve done we did not choose. There … Continue reading

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