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Issue No. 27

ZOSIA KUCZYŃSKA

Poetry

Issue No. 27

David Gilmour records a setting of the famous sonnet – the one about comparing thee – afloat upon a river. It starts with an...

Poetry

February 2020

Gamma Rays

Valzhyna Mort

Poetry

February 2020

  Cupid’s arrow – a scissors’ beak I’ve stuck into my thighs, thirty kilometers from                                Minsk, sunstruck.  ...

Poetry

December 2019

THREE POEMS

Cat Woodward

Flo Reynolds

Poetry

December 2019

dear Other, with pink dish   (Flo Reynolds & Cat Woodward)     in the interest of distance let...

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November 2019

ETXE

Julie Irigaray

Prize Entry

November 2019

For my partner’s first visit to his village, my father brings us to the highest peak of the Pyrenees....

It would’ve been easier if she hadn’t been known For the chickens But she was famous for these white, Undappled hens, which she’d bring to Perquín to sell On weekends The mayor’s chickens, they were called, As if her husband would ever want them (regal though They were), elegant as the egrets that are still Left to wander the presidential palace in Panama City By the time it happened, the buildings had gathered up The evening to form a landscape, and the streets grown Rancid, like oblong containers from the kind of potluck, In a dank small town, that people will choose to attend Out of boredom, and call a world  Her son was staying In San Salvador to study, and so she was alone                                                  They came for her, and her Box of hens, in three military vehicles, the passengers Disguised as radicals It would be different if they hadn’t Been so quiet They arrested her She was accused of Standing with guerrillas, Vesta at her hearth, in her slacks And a dead son’s blazer, like a queen expatriate In tenuous provinces And her crime was simple, she was The Mother of Intellectuals, the ideal accomplice It’s noted among us that this was recorded in mediocre Spelling, in a functionary’s awkward Palmer hand, As mader de intelectos [sic], a piece of wood, then, Made of the intellect To make her an idea Of accomplishment — it would’ve be different if they Hadn’t been so quiet Soon, some women Who stood outside the barracks — the ones who Ordinarily might jump to buy white chickens — turned When they heard her singing and heard her ringing Her keys against the walls, as if her room were full Of open doors, as if her greatest urgency should be That the room should leave to meet the evening Slowly they turned her body into a torso Then it was A floor Rarely do rooms like these have hands
Vesta

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November 2019

Yvette Siegert

(This work is an extract from a longer poem of the same name)       This is a site for production This is a site for presentation  What is to be produced? What is to be presented?  This is a site for the production and presentation of a particular kind of subject  A subject marked by its pursuit of liberty, by individualism and collectivity, competition and cooperation By the sophistication of its speech    This is what we do with our comfort  This is what we do with our plenty    You are watching me, and I begin to watch Rather than using the gift, I reflect upon it Cobwebs2 Among the cobwebs, there, gathering in the corner of the doorway, a form persists, a tool, a silence, towards cleaving, carving, separating us from one another politically, aesthetically, socially, so that we may create a demand for these things we make, that appear here, that we do not yet have a name for     Minds are bending to the shape of this walking stick    This is a violence that can be overcome      What stick or stone is at hand to jam this twentyfourhour self-improvement, self-understanding, self-actualisation and total education? 3       Imagined public space  imagined public law  and in the air  experience and habit float…  experience, he says, is the way through danger4   I wait for Him to come  And I am nothing outside of this  While waiting, I swim,  stalk the interior  One way to move through the world among many  I surround you in my way of moving, my becoming –  monotone address, edge and end  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 minutes    2  Two words –  equality and equivalence  these are frequencies in the expression  of chronic fragmentation and chronic totality      I didn’t want to individuate  and now I am nothing  but a self-interrupting whole,5 a memory full of holes  haunted by the unpolitical    Someone said that this is where our obsession with voice capital V comes from And that listening instead, is grounded in our experience of the sacred It is our

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November 2019

Phrase1

Beth Dynowski

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November 2019

(This work is an extract from a longer poem of the same name.)       This is a...

You realise you haven’t eaten in days   Dirty dishes line the counters; your twin toddlers glitch in and out of their high chairs, mustering twin howls of outrage You give up; pass out on a floor slick with plumbing malfunctions Someone, as always, is watching and will come to your aid   Your husband is home from work but his pay barely touches the bills strewn across the front lawn Sometimes you wish for a meteor, or a swarm of bees Sometimes you think the only way out of this suburban hellscape is through the foundations, trapped waist-deep, pissing yourself into the cellar   Someone will make it all right; and anyway none of this is real: leading scientists guess we are ninety-nine-per-cent probably living a simulation   Against your better judgment, you pull up a chair and Play Video Games until 6 am   You realise you haven’t eaten in days
Swimming Pool; No Ladder

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November 2019

Flora de Falbe


 

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