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Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Mirrors 2011

 

give me a coin for the slot machine sky, I said
and she gave me the sun
and the polka dancing stars were sequins on night’s black dress

give me a coin for the slot machine sky, I said
and she gave me the moon
and the day was a smooth blue pebble

give me a coin for the slot machine sky, I said
but she had none
and the horizons stretched
and the pale desert sky went slowly mad with waiting

 

 

I met a woman once
who tore her wedding dress to shreds
and fed them to the sea

I sat on the shore
in the shadow of a rock
and watched her feed those strips of lace
to the frothing mantle of the waves

now, I sit
in the shadow of this house
and watch the air fill with foam
as the cherry feeds confetti to the breeze

 

 

 

Image credit: Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Mirrors, 2011

 

 

The Learned Pig

Camilla Nelson

Camilla Nelson is a poet, artist and researcher, currently based in Somerset. She successfully completed a PhD in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising 'Nature Writing' as Enquiry, at Falmouth University, earlier this year. Her text work has been featured in Amy Cutler's exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig (London, 2013) and Karen Pearson's outdoor exhibition in Yarner Wood, Assemblage (Dartmoor, 2012). As well as appearing in several magazines and journals, her poems have been anthologised in The Apple Anthology (Nine Arches) and Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe) and she has a pamphlet forthcoming with ninerrors press.