Alanna McArdle is a writer based in London, UK. Her poetry has been featured in Poems In Which, Shabby Doll House, The Chapess, The Cultist, among others. She has read her poetry at the 2016 Goldsmiths/Literary Kitchen event 'Lit Live'. Her flash fiction and nonfiction writing has been featured at Broadly, Noisey, The Talkhouse, Pitchfork, Crack Magazine and Bluestockings Magazine. You can view some of her published work at alannamcardle.contently.com/

1 poem by Alanna McArdle

Getting ready

 

I.

 

Why do you think I wear these clothes?

It is true and disgusting

that you think I must look at you

whenever you look at me

 

Why get angry when ours eyes do not

synchronise?

Like the moon passing by the sun

just moments too late

II.

 

STRONG PROTECTIVE POWERS

such as

nicking each

individual scalp

scabbing each

individual clot

picking each

individual strand

NO LONGER AWAKE IN YOU

just

foreign to this body

I am used to

being sifted and

barely noticeable just

like an alleviant

FILL ME UP BUT I AM NOT JOKING THIS TIME

I never was

III.  

 

where will I dream your hands

will go

each dream a

different hand

until there are almost twenty or

thirty-odd by

a long

long way

 

 

IV.

 

what woman

padding on the

mattress

an embiggening

moon

a negative inkblot

in our big

black window

seeping slowly

care fully

watching

tutorials on

how to sever

zipties

what moon

up next 2

the red in my

face

a summons

at the

surface

what woman what

woman would turn

a blind eye

2 the sky

to watch

the eyes that

rest

on all of

us

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