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Goldilocks and the Two Bears

I wrote this a while back for a competition at Freeword. It got long-listed, and I got some great feedback, but I did that defeatist poet thing of hiding it away because it didn’t win and was therefore shite. Finally, I went through the judges’ comments and worked on it, hard. Here you go, it’s […]

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Girls Talk

Girls Talk Then they look at me different, the girls who’ve heard I’ve been loveless fucking a boy out of my league, a 9 to my 6, that we’ve had sex without story, without aligning star signs or postcodes or appetites or dreams or references. Soon everyone I know knows too, and, rather than ask, […]

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NaPoWriMo 19/30 (haven’t had a chance to upload them yet)

Ish I lied when I said the blood on your boxers was from a shaving cut on my thigh. It was an instinctual reply.   The fox in the bush beside us could smell it but she knew to keep still and quiet. One day we will have our glory and we will no longer […]

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NaPoWriMo 18/30 (the skipped days I worked on a longer commission, so shush)

Birdman You are robin-breasted – the outstretched wing of a full house beats my flush. Victory sits on your cheeks like a fat baby. I shuffle the cards and deal, uninterested in the game or the anecdote of your last date – she had a nose like a macaw, no, a fucking flamingo but that’s […]

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NaPoWriMo 11/30

I know you now as 90 (draft) I know you first as the woman who looked just like Grandma, second as the lucky-nosed coin. I used to collect fifty pences trace their hexagonal brink – never quite brave enough to hold my breath and make a wish, though.   I’m turning 25 this year. I […]

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Teachers – a commission for #fol2016, Peterborough festival of learning

Absolutely honoured to kick off #fol2016 this morning. Here’s my poem, Teachers. Teachers For the ones whose backs I never saw for the ones who talked in recipes for the ones who could never spell and/or pronounce my name for the ones who unpicked stems of daisies who turned chains into dreamcatchers for the one […]

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NaPoWriMo 10/30

Spine I asked my spine how it keeps me up on days like today when darkness curdles around my shoulders and begins unfurling a cloak of dumbbells and tar, letting gravity coax us to the concrete, atom by atom.   Spine says nothing (it never does), re-aligns its stacking, and holds me through.

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NaPoWriMo 6/30

The Garden Slope (After Owen Sheers) I look through the window at her and try to understand why she exists at all.   A rug for the willow roots, my once oblivion ledge, the stress of her seems petulant now.   This stubbled kneecap, dark, unresponsive, uncertain of my weight.   Her stretch, boyish and patchy, […]

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NaPoWriMo 5/30

Facebook stalking Today is date day, I am warm and full and waiting for you   To pass the time I am deep into 2013 and making mental notes   I won’t mention your shit hair or that god awful shirt   I won’t mention Brussels with her or the lock you left in Paris […]

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NaPoWriMo 4/30

04/04/2016 – Still Uncertain There is space between us. We are drowning. We are us between space. There is drowning. There, space, is we – us between are. Drowning. Drowning there. Space between us is we are. Between us is space drowning. There we are. Are we space? There is drowning between us. Drowning there between […]