Lining up the wood on the block

he’s a decent size, matured, a pale shade.

The axe swings her high arc, wedges silver

into the centre. He rocks open, his ant-black

heart dribbles pincers onto her feet, shock

shakes them off. Later in the fuel stove

his wine sap heats and hisses his defeat.

First published in Voiceworks, no. 83, Summer 2010-2011.


Audrey (uminoyami)

Audrey (uminoyami)

Your Ursula stares despondent by the jars

filled with ocean creatures past I imagine

them pulsating fast as lovers’ hearts

in their preserving liquid. Slowing with

the chemicals a final fidget before dark.


Audrey, how do you capture?

Hair fluid as water, those eyes that sulk

somewhere off canvas, ears that have

heard the disappointment

that could have been my own.

First published in Tide , no. 7, 2010.

Wet with Fear

Wet with Fear

For Tracy Emin

I pull it out of myself

It hurts a little then lies

useless – all that blood.


Am I dissolving?

Scarlet dead mouse,

ruby cotton tail,

have you killed me?

First published in Hecate vol. 36, no. 1 & 2, 2010.


Picket Fence

Picket Fence

The neighbour’s fence
splinters a dead tooth
into our yard,
darkening in their grey gums;
chipped or white –
ant eaten, they bite
the sun’s gold,
testing its authenticity.

First Published in Islet (now concluded), 2010.