There were bolts

on the floor   splinters
struck in spite   & then
I began    bordered    to  
inattention    doused
in jelly   sweet  &  clear
wrapped  in a  dish cloth   ikle  trickle  monkey              
albumen   ring of worms   bites
to the ear   pickled
egg         bit
of a tear

And then I began
on the floor    from the floor     
through  the hatch  
preserve   &  persevere   bits 
of hair   fuzzy  
veneer    finger  wax
pea    plea  




Missing the route

to another family   gate           
secured    latch . . . clatch
bloodletting    improper play    ping . . . dismay
collude / allude    right
old racket    ring
fenced  unsightly   frisked   slightly
sick    drabs / pacts / defecation 
infestation   –  something    
beginning with … m /s / ped 
cul-de-sac   an extra tray 
of victuals    virals   vitals ( overfed ) 
for commiseration    gratification / subjugation
denial   worm-holes   drabs / tracts / pacts    defects    
genitalia   (in a practical way)  
diffidence   delay   a ray   (x-ray  -rating)             
of escape   confrontation   dis-
sniff  the daisies  often




Referencing the house

declarations   of intent    posthumous
gatherings   seeking
tension    a foot-stool
to reach  the latch   trap
door   bereft of sentry   
regularities  charities   the birth
of a cinder    salt   malt
cellular   activity  
nipples   undergarments 
     smatter  of  fat            stock
supply / supplies     a lick    splat  clip  spit  chap
something   needs
moving    proving   chewing   screwing



[Linda Black is a poet, visual artist (print-maker, collagist, painter) and dyslexia specialist. She received the 2004/5 Poetry School Scholarship and won the 2006 New Writing Ventures Award for Poetry. The beating of wings (Hearing Eye, 2006) was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2007, when she also received an Arts Council Writer's Award. Her fourth collection Slant was published by Shearsman in 2016). Prose poem collections are Inventory and Root (Shearsman 2008 & 2011). The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye, 2012) consisting of collaged prose poems based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, plus the author’s pen and ink illustrations, was the subject of a Poetry Society exhibition in 2013. She teaches for the Poetry School and is co-editor of Long Poem Magazine.]

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