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It is summer and we are still married Law dictates that we can pitch a tent wherever we want Easier said than done Light is early morning, all bone The straps of a heavy bag leave erotic marks on your shoulders Sand dunes grow up sideways, like the protogay child We laugh and discuss the non- arrival of our protégée child instead Laughing feels good so we laugh louder Babies are pointless who needs them Around us the midges form a constellation I admire their loveless manoeuvres LOOK THESE STARS HAVE WINGS you shout through the turbulence A couple fly into your mouth and crawl up your tongue You swallow with difficulty Sex for pleasure is very human but then again so are choke points Harnessed chaos is your thing and we don’t talk about it A midge bites behind my ear and injects saliva into my skin What each female needs is an abdomen full of blood I know Eggs are laid no matter what Her mouth parts work as two saws, perforating my skin I say THIS REMINDS ME OF YOU and clap the midge dead Wind hurls her tiny corpse elsewhere You touch your throat and point out the sound of the ocean Wave after wave Things are a little awkward now I want to dig a trench in the sand and lie inside, together A bodily grammar should, like the body, be full of holes
Swarm

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February 2021

K Patrick

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February 2021

From: Acheron

Freya Jackson

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February 2021

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January 2021

THREE POEMS

Luke Allan

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January 2021

  First winter in Iceland     Some mornings we’re woken by the sound of our neighbour sneezing. I...

Poetry

November 2020

Three Poems from The Rake

Tristram Fane Saunders

Poetry

November 2020

The Rake packs up his troubles in an old kit-bag and smiles, smiles, smiles   Holding things, I found,...

THREE POEMS

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October 2020

Inua Ellams

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October 2020

Fuck / Trees The White Review · Inua Ellams – ‘Fuck Trees’ Dego / Though we know it isn’t his birth name / Dego...

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September 2020

THREE POEMS

Cecilia Knapp

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September 2020

The White Review · Cecilia Knapp – ‘All My Ex Boyfriends Are Having A Dinner Party’ all my ex...

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August 2020

TWO POEMS

Khairani Barokka

Poetry

August 2020

The White Review · Khairani Barokka – survivor’s remorse, guilt city survivor’s remorse, guilt city (after wiji thukul, tr....

Three poems from issue 28

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Issue No. 28

Sarah Barnsley

Valzhyna Mort

Kaleem Hawa

Poetry

Issue No. 28

Valzhyna Mort, ‘Music for Girl’s Voice and Bison’   Sarah Barnsley, ‘Virginia Woolf Has Fallen Over’   Kaleem Hawa, ‘Ballroom Blitz’     These...

 

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