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Friday, 09 August 2013 16:28




The skin on the underside
of my wrist looks soft
and friable. Not white but pale

like buttermilk. A tendon
stands out like a painter
straining to keep a boat

tethered to the dock. Veins
and arteries run alongside,
secondary roads, roads

that transport blood. I know enough
to cut down, to cut vertically,
not across, not horizontally.

I would choose, though, to wade
through breakers to reach
a wide and demanding ocean.
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Kerry Hammerton

Kerry Hammerton has published poetry in various South African and UK literary journals. These are the lies I told you, her debut poetry collection, was published by Modjaji Books in 2010. Some of her poems appear in the anthology Difficult to Explain, (2010 Finuala Dowling ed.) Other poems appear in the following anthologies: Africa, My Africa (2013 Patricia Schonstein ed.), For a Rhino in a Shrinking World (2013 Harry Owen ed.), Heart of Africa (2014 Patricia Schonstein ed.), and Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe Books 2015). The Weather Report, her second collection, was published in 2014.

Website: www.kerryhammerton.com
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