falling to the floor, a flight of gloves – by Jane Burn

 

a sink, cobwebbed with bubbles     hands
coined with freckles     a dishcloth approaches
lockets of spilled milk     the door, booked open

like a half read thing     a draughty wing of calendar
lifts, slices the week with forgotten things
by the basket, the gathered throat of a wet sock

pungent oranges jewelled with smell
an umbrella hooked like a dead life     scribbled
words on an envelope scrap     a letterbox

tongued with junk     thumbed glasses make
a story of use     a judgement of wax reminds
the room of scuppered light

 

 

 

Jane Burn’s poems have featured in magazines such as The Rialto, Under The Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Iota Poetry and many more, as well as anthologies from Emma Press, Beautiful Dragons, Emergency Poet and Seren. Her pamphlets include Fat Around the Middle, published by Talking Pen and Tongues of Fire published by BLER Press. Her first collection, nothing more to it than bubbles is published by Indigo Dreams. 

 

As I waited for the tablets to kick in – by Jane Burn

 

no silence, baby/a sure attack/ imagine a desire to repent/love is quite spare/ointment over and over/out, cohesive earmark/divine dissent/plateau of another antique philosophy/common somber track/a person with loose bowels/encased in austerity/dear memory/quarter marks on my new floor/it’s quite a colourful place, no comparison/love comes included/my dolorous and somber pupil/tantalizing bandit, to you I venture/private and docile/I will desire an avenue of flowers/a language of polite imagination/some can, some cannot/you are my dear corpse/you nourish me/I am partial to you/no banquets or convivial silences/no decades consigned to others/ecstasy does not quantify time passing/we will not depart this private episode/no longer the last messy paragraph of us/but a quiet, temperate day

 

 

 

Jane Burn’s poems have featured in magazines such as The Rialto, Under The Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Iota Poetry and many more, as well as anthologies from Emma Press, Beautiful Dragons, Emergency Poet and Seren. Her pamphlets include Fat Around the Middle, published by Talking Pen and Tongues of Fire published by BLER Press. Her first collection, nothing more to it than bubbles is published by Indigo Dreams. 

Male Pheasant Utterly Unfazed by the Passing of my Car – by Jane Burn

 

Scarlet wattle underscores unblinking amber eyes.
I see this avian bravado, this sudden game of chicken
framed in the windscreen. A fully plumaged deathwish,

tyres braking inches from his herringbone tail. He cocks
a mottled helmet, flashes his lurid scarf of splashed green,
cloaked from beak to claw in pompous, mating sheen.

He will cross the road regardless, so I stop. What scent
has prompted such a pheromone drunk decision? Persuaded
him to undertake this kamikaze mission? For my trouble,

I get a baleful fluff of feathered chest, then on he goes,
quite reckless. I guess that nature made him
either birdbrained or plain feckless.

 

 

Jane Burn is a North East based writer and artist originally from South Yorkshire. Her poems have been featured in magazines The Rialto, Butcher’s Dog, Iota, Under The Radar, And Other Poems, The Black Light Engine Room and many more, as well as anthologies. She also established the poetry site The Fat Damsel.