She had to be carried to the shed but it wasn’t like they said that she “disintegrated as a human creature”.
She was restrained and intoxicated so it couldn’t have been like they said that she “screamed all the way”.
She did bleed from her private parts but it wasn’t like they said that her “insides fell out”.
She was autopsied and declared so it couldn’t have been like they said that “the drop was a coffin birth”.
Natalie Scott is a Teesside-based poet and educator with a PhD in Creative Writing. She has collections published by Indigo Dreams, Bradshaw Books and Mudfog, as well as many appearances in literary journals including Ambit, Agenda and Orbis. Her collection Berth – Voices of the Titanic was awarded runner-up for the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition, 2011. Her latest project Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison was awarded funding from the Arts Council of England.
A city that snares slow rhythms (Federico Garcia Lorca)
A river flows through afternoon’s slow heat Lorca’s pace
(together and alone juntos y solo)
babble at café tables rises and drops into shadow by the waterside
sun falls through trees the flicker of fresh leaves in green spring
(solo y juntos alone and together)
wine is red, time is yellow the rhythm of the river is ours for this hour adrift.
Jackie Biggs has had poetry published in many magazines and anthologies, both in print and online. Her first poetry collection, The Spaces in Between, was published in September 2015 by Pinewood Press (Swansea). She is a member of the four-woman poetry performance group, The Rockhoppers. Some of her poetry appears on her blog:http://jackie-news.blogspot.co.ukTwitter: @JackieNews
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