Two Poems – Stuart McPherson

Hunter / Gatherer

Know unenviable tradition / the sharpening of swords / a gathering
of pyramids / starches / sweet berries / Beauregard

Carve furrows hard fought / as steel blunts / our outgrown
clothes / in a town peeling away scales / wriggling free / from
the whole skin

When there’s nothing else to do but eat / write out prescriptions
/ for slow hearts and arms / the removal of clots

Beetroot purpling / pale palms

In four corners / paint me in vanilla / there is gratefulness in
pretence / that all I am / is relentless fate / something

My nature cut out with scissors / that somehow / there is joy
in learning how to kill

Late Afternoon as a Metaphor for Entrapment

Stuart McPherson is a poet living near Leicester, UK. Recent poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Osmosis Press, Beir Bua Journal, The6Press and Selcouth Station. His debut pamphlet Pale Mnemonic was published by Legitimate Snack in April 2021. The pamphlet Waterbearer was published in December 2021 by Broken Sleep Books. A debut full length collection Obligate Carnivore will be published by Broken Sleep Books in August 2022. Twitter: @theeabsentee

Art: “Stress Lines”, a Visual poem by Robert Frede Kenter. Twitter: @frede_kenter

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