Three poems by Geraldine Clarkson

      UNDERLAND (after that man ‘Lewis’) Towards winter solstice, Alice can no longer cope with groping down blind alleys, being groped by creatures she doesn’t comprehend, in places obscure to her. She has issues with size, this human yoyo, no permanence and issues between her thighs, no liniments. No malice. Just a sweet intrinsic no to everything. A refusal to go along. This … Continue reading Three poems by Geraldine Clarkson

Three poems by Geraldine Clarkson

  The Dancers on Graves gather at dawn, 21st June, by the large yew; limber up, leaning on the back ends of monuments and tombs; adjust bandeaux and legwarmers; yodel a little, do scales to loosen the chi. The relevant areas are corralled with ribbon, beginning with John Henry Frayn, father of three, down to Dawn Mary Highgate, a friend to all. The usual routines, … Continue reading Three poems by Geraldine Clarkson

‘Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra’ by Geraldine Clarkson

  Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra (Dali, 1936)   Having always used her music as a tool, a gift to stifle hurt in others, a niche into which she could stuff pansies or wallflowers, a grey to be drenched with peony or tangerine, she became pliable, perfectly responsive to circumstance, a kitten following its master, chase-and-nibble. At … Continue reading ‘Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra’ by Geraldine Clarkson

‘This Heart’ by Geraldine Clarkson

  This Heart This cancelled cheque stub This ruby nightdress, flammable/ inflammable This pack of spare Catherine wheels This sack of reindeer antlers dry to tinder—this pot of glue This kindling This old lover’s glove, stitched leather This mechanical sunshine This poem begun again This poem begun again This hillock overlooking the Atlantic in the evening, lambs blarting This four-chambered castle, draughty, time-shared—this pump—pimp This … Continue reading ‘This Heart’ by Geraldine Clarkson