Ella Jeffery

Buying Satin Dresses at Yu Garden

I buy them like fruit, my body still on the bike, one foot grounded. This one like a wedge of lime on my lip. Idiot machines clench these colours together in some grainy province, craft ravelled down to whatever thread’s …

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genius loci

god of wrong-coloured curtains we kept anyway god of the chlorine-poisoned geckoes and treefrogs in the filter box god of pale brown spiders that cruise humid cupboards empty shoes a sleep-warm bed god of cups exiled to drink up dust …

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Gibberbird: Of Birds and Other Strings

QPFThis mini issue is a poetic conversation between a source poem and ten poems found from within its lines. It’s a refraction of language and image through poetic prisms, an intersection of the familiar and unfamiliar, blurring the edges through the 11 authors’ interpretations.

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A block of greasy light reaches me from the neighbour’s shed, settles on the desk. I browse the keyboard for words I have forgotten. I type ‘stitch’ and imagine skin. I copy down my steps all night in the cold …

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