Two poems by Laura McKee


cows do have best friends
and become stressed
if they are separated
how do they know
who their friends are really
or if it’s going to rain
but still they lie waiting
bent at the knees


(First published in Obsessed With Pipework, November 2014)

A recording of Laura McKee reading ‘Rain’ on SoundCloud.


the sweat bee

he had this craving
never wanted
to hurt you

only to lie
against your warm skin
collect pieces of you that shine


(previously unpublished)

Laura McKee reads ‘The Sweat Bee’ on SoundCloud.


Laura McKee’s poems have appeared in various journals including Other Poetry, Prole, Ink Sweat & Tears, Morphrog, Obsessed With Pipework, Butcher’s Dog, and The Journal. Last year she was a winner in the Guernsey International Poetry Competition, nominated for Best Single Poem in the Forward Prizes, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. This year she has a poem in the anthology, Mildly Erotic Verse (Emma Press). Twitter: @Estlinin