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WOMEN'S POETRY COMPETITION: RUNNER UP ELOISE BIRTWHISTLE

Posted on December 07 2019

We're very pleased to present runner-up Eloise Birtwhistle's Metastasis. Malika Booker writes: 'Eloise Birtwhistle describes nature and the seasons effortlessly, yet the title and use of adjectives like: heaves, bruise and rupturing combined with the line upstairs she rests, indicate a larger interrogation of nature, as a terminal illness that cannot be conquered.'

 

Metastasis

 

And then Spring heaves

blunt with life.

Untended, the garden

 

sweats wildflower: violets bruise

the lawn, forget-me-nots

rupturing pavestone cracks

 

their centres a needle of iodine yellow.

Upstairs she sleeps. The room hushed

by body's musk

 

a drawn dim that protects her

eyes from those shavings 

of the season that slip

 

through the curtains: from our lips

as we feed her crushed monkfish,

recounting the day.

  

  

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