Feb 20, 2022 | Featured Poems, News

‘Lithe Evil’ included in Sydney Crime collection

My poem, ‘Lithe Evil’, is included in the collection, Sydney Crime, published by Meuse Press, available for free downloading at  https://meusepress.tripod.com/SydneyCrime.pdf.

Here is my poem:

Lithe Evil

‘Shiv”, Shiva the Destoyer, shiver
–a sonata of spine and fear–
I have loved this word waywardly,
the sleek espionage of how it
infiltrates a ribcage, punctures
a lung, the sectioning of an artery,
lengthwise or transversely, each
a delight in terminal craftmanship.
(I am also fond of “stiletto”.)
My first sallies were rehearsals
in pain, a buttock in an ATM queue,
an eye to an escaping corner, an arm
clutching a backpack strap
in a train entranceway, flight
through a just-in-time door.
I experimented with hidey-holes
until a sleeve-seam presented itself
as home for a wiry scabbard
and I devised a means of shaking
it free, unobtrusively. Now
I cut a fine figure prowling
the laneways and night shadows.

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