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Charlotte Geater
Charlotte Geater is an editor at The Emma Press, where she works with poetry and translated children’s literature. Her poetry has previously been published by Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Strange Horizons and Clinic. She lives in London.

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we collected together all of the scientists and historians & i said okay, how about him he was a murderer – but it’s a photograph sun in his eyes how many decades since he tried it on? we tried it on,   did we? we wouldn’t do it, she said & we took lifts from vans on longwall street, pulled our tights up from the waist, snacked outside libraries – we needed headrushes to break our reading   we salute you from new college’s slippery mound where we climbed to escape the tourists & their guidebooks, laughing at their own hands we salute you & your endeavours noli me tangere, i am flying i am flayed today – there are exams & it is a good rotten apple summer, i think we bit away the shade   i spent so long reading reprinted old books that when i read the new ones you told me about they said oxford’s problem is all the women   who won’t fuck you – i thought that’s interesting baby, did i make you sick? the minstrels strummed & we thumbed back through the pages – margins full of us this one’s about anne boleyn & this one is about wild game the rhyme – it’s so quiet noli me tangere, is it my right to say that? i didn’t like my legs but didn’t know what to wear in case you saw them   & we spent lunches stuck on dead princes’ faces this is not what you’re like you only want to sing about how much you love us anyway
bangable dudes in history

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November 2018

Charlotte Geater


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