When Bernice married, she was innocent in every way imaginable. Kirschbaum, it has to be said, was not.
foot propped on the table, I wroteto suck the muckyache drag it by the ankles through the world screaming sloppy skids of seamsunravellinguntil I was nothing but alphabeticalfingerprintsbits of toenails and popped-offfreckles of humanityall of it was fleshy exteriorcompared to the sandy stardustmy brain turned to when it reachedhyper speedbefriending every smiling wordalong the waysoaking in Ts, … Continue reading Sandcastle Veins
Reviewed by Claire Duncan
Tobias crouches, shouts down to the man next to me, asks him to give me a boost up. The man stirrups his hands. I shake my head, take a step back from the wall. Despite the fizzle in the air, the clink of glass bottles, the clank of hammers hacking at concrete, I still expect … Continue reading Leaping, 1989
Reviewed by Charlotte Newbury
For our January meet up in London, we'll be reading Dana Czapnik's The Falconer.
When I was very young, each Sunday, I would wake my parents at first light, leaping between them without any grace. I would burrow there for hours, a peaceful silence settling over the house as my Dad read his book and my Mum pottered around the house. Eventually we moved into a flat in London, … Continue reading My Year of Reading Women
In Italy we were together every afternoon. I liked this even when he dominated me, said this is the way we look around a museum, we tend to have a nap at this time, and get on the bed and let me see you touching yourself. What else could I do? I couldn’t speak Italian, … Continue reading In Italy With Sean
Our November book club pick, reviewed by Terri-Jane Dow
When I say your name, people refuse.They correct me in disbelief, thatyou, are called what I say you are, replacing your identity with something more familiar; satsuma. I’m not sure why my fingers are drawn to you. I have yet to care until now; you were made for me. Genetically modified in size and colour. You fit in my palm, … Continue reading An Ode by Rachel Ferguson