In A Kidney Dish
Seventeen months and six days ago,
with practice that could only be attached
to a pair of nitrile gloves,
they pulled apart generations of stratified tissue,
classified the human from the mammal
and presented the results on a stainless steel tray.
Imagine Gertrude Stein Sees
the ten month old
pushes out, pulls in
Does substitution satisfy*
no there there.Continue reading “Imagine Gertrude Stein Sees by Mare Leonard”
Jesus bled menstrual blood from
the wound that gave birth.
Out of his side, a gaping vulnerability,
inviting a finger, a mouth,
a community baptised.Continue reading “Menstrual Blood by Gavin D’Costa”
Burn the Bloodstream
How can an odorless, yellow pill bring harm?
Every time you say no to food, you say yes to thin.
One felt good so she took another,
Eat clean, look lean.
not knowing two were an overdose.
Greasy fries or skinny thighs?Continue reading “Burn the Bloodstream by Emma Lee”
Watching the World Fly By
The clock chimed seven …ding…ding…ding… and so on, until it let out one final loud ding that woke Forbes with a start. He shuffled slightly and managed to stretch his front and back legs just enough to prevent the cramp from setting in. He meowed happily as he heard the familiar whirring sound. His morning feed came shooting through the food hatch and plopped into his dish in a brown lumpy mush.Continue reading “Watching The World Fly By by Melanie Davies”
It was her first period for three months. Sitting on the lav with her knickers around her ankles and her knees falling apart, Mihaela saw the new slimness in her bare legs and grimaced. She thought of all the meals she’d missed since the promotion—the rushed breakfasts, the uneaten sandwiches, the insubstantial dinners—and how quickly it had become a matter of finding not the time but the inclination. Now she ate as irregularly and as little as she slept. No wonder her periods had stopped.Continue reading “Blood Magic by Natasha C. Calder”
The Last Time It Bled
the last time I bled was when I stood on glass
the worst time I bled was when they put the scissors in my vaginaContinue reading “The Last Time It Bled by Emma SzH”
DISEASES OF THE BLOOD
5q- syndrome, Aagenaes syndrome, Abdominal aortic aneurysm, Abetalipoproteinemia, Acatalasemia, Aceruloplasminemia, Acquired agranulocytosis, Acquired hemophilia […]Continue reading “DISEASES OF THE BLOOD by Louis Armand”
Denial in Cycles
girl born altered doomed a beast
the moon dies and
i’m not bleeding like i’m supposed toContinue reading “Denial in Cycles by Mika Hrejsa”
Reflections on Jacob’s Ladder (1957) – Helen FrankenthalerContinue reading “Jacob’s Ladder by Katherine Beaman”
The People v. Sid Vicious
Continue reading “The People v. Sid Vicious by Lee Wright”
In 1978, punk rock vocalist Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen to death. A copy of Vicious’ confession to New York police, titled; Voluntary Disclosure Sheet Supplement: People v. Ritchie aka Vicious, describes in detail the events as Vicious recalled them. Almost every line in this poem was taken directly from Vicious’ confession, with very little deviation. The poem, like the confession, is a lie, that is also the truth.
Continue reading “The Wound-Space by Annabel Mahoney”
The Wound-Space is themed around the inherited trauma of the land in Northern France around the Somme, the site of the Battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and Loos in 1415, 1815 and 1915 respectively.
The Periodic Table
reared my brother to normalise the words:
‘I am bleeding from my uterus’
(he’ll thank me one day)
I’ll complain every time I bleed-
scares men with small minds.
Continue reading “The Periodic Table by Isabelle Kenyon”
Cinderella upon Remembering Bruno
down by her sides
Also her drink of choice
and how she speaks to
Her subtle, slow
I’ve got all day