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Electioneering

Rendering intimacy impossible, deploy lifeboats (mark

yourself safe). Not listening as such, more waiting to

speak, above all mark yourself, it’s so important to be

safe. Carry on, they demand, we’re not reeling / we are

reeling. Is this the place for a fountain reference?

Probably. ‘What first attracted you to your wife, sir?’

‘Her delicacy / her ankles / her hatred of the Tories.’

 

               Alive twice over but that’s a whole life gone too

               you know I’m sorry, he holds his hands up, I’m

               sorry, he backs away: my conscience couldn’t

               keep company with your body I say, your body?

               it just made me think: it’s only a nine month stay.

 

The next time you lay a hand on me, I’ll make a

perfect gleaming dive into the Thames. Aren’t you

glad / to be here? I am.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

is a writer and academic based in Glasgow. Her first book, Mother State — a political history of motherhood — is forthcoming from Allen Lane. Her poetry pamphlet Daddy Poem was shortlisted for the 2019 Ivan Juritz Prize; her latest, In the Pleasure Dairy, was published by Sad Press in 2020. She teaches English Literature at Durham University, and is a resident commissioning editor at MAP magazine.

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