Weeks of pdf scoured gratis

scored in half and bent-cornered

in a handbag. Divided

unpublished loyalties

between printouts and payouts.

Stapled manuscripts liberate speech

into playtime. Don’t say lol

or omg in a cashed-up epistle.

These skills wield a mightier pen

rattle out tenses and dangle

carrots over better pages.

Free up a cramped paragraph

sear it strobe-lit into a reading mind.

Harbour every word, it bleeds out

open up my wrists and begin to cough

when the last red slice pumps dry.

Exsanguinated pen rests white

and trembling at the final stop.



Image by Gil Fewster. His photos are for sale at  instacanv.as/gilfer  and  www.redbubble.com/people/gilfer .

Image by Gil Fewster. His photos are for sale at instacanv.as/gilfer and www.redbubble.com/people/gilfer.


Anna Ryan-Punch is a Melbourne poet and reviewer. Her previous publications include poetry in WesterlyThe AgeQuadrantOverlandIsland and Wet Ink. She also blogs at annaryanpunch.blogspot.com.