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Chloe Viner’s chapbook Naked Under an Umbrella was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. She currently lives in South Royalton, Vermont with her husband, Shane and their rescue cat, Milo.
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Chloe Viner and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Own Worst Enemy
Plaster on the wall
Playing tic tac toe
We curl into the fetal position and
I pick up the old rusty trophy on the cobweb ridden mantel
We paste photos on the walls
Shirley Bell lives near Boston, Lincolnshire in the English fens. Substantial selections of her poetry were published by Faber and Faber in Poetry Introduction 6, in Six, the Versewagon Poetry Manual, and in Anvil New Poets. Her work also appeared in a pamphlet published by The Wide Skirt and in magazines including Ambit, Poetry Review, The London Magazine, The Spectator and many others, most recently The Rialto and The North. In 2013 a pamphlet, ‘behind the glass’, was published as part of her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln and she has also collected together a selection of poems from her blog, dealing with her husband’s wait for heart surgery, in Poetry of Hospitals and Waiting Rooms (sold in aid of the British Heart foundation), both published by Lulu for her own redplantpress. Visit Shirley on the web here: http://shirleybellblog.wordpress.com/
The following work is Copyright © 2014, and owned by Shirley Bell and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
My Daughter Says That When I’m Dead
I’m encased in ivory faille, high necked, long sleeved, severe.
We’re ruthless and we cull the relatives: cheerfully eliminating
to the porch. The choir is singing just for us. Later I learn your mum