Lucy Mercer

terrible times are always

9.     ribbon—

10.   you lift me up here
wearing your

11.   hieroglyph. I am here
in the dark interior—

12.   gate is a single ground
emerging. tell me the time.

1.   you’re running language

2.   that spits;

3.   a shrine—stuck with 
a glue of what

4.   pull it out—

5.    a terminal stain appears—
without panic

6.     pray everything is outside of me

7.    the difference is

8.    at least I keep you—

Lucy Mercer has published poetry in Poetry London, Poetry Review and The White Review among others. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Poet’s Prize and is studying for a PhD in ‘Speculative Emblematics.’

Try to be Bette
r—edited by Sam Buchan-Watts and Lavinia Singer
is a multi-disciplinary engagement with the idiosyncratic creative practice of W.S. Graham, foregrounding experiment and process. Contemporary writers and artists respond to prompts Graham left in notebooks and letters to create original poetry, illustration, sculpture, painting, scholarship and more. Published by prototype earlier this year (see here), the collection collates works by Astrid Alben; Nuar Alsadir; Marianne Røthe Arnesen; Edwina Attlee; Tom Betteridge; Rachael Boast; Nancy Campbell; Thomas A. Clark; Holly Corfield Carr; Lauren Doughty; Bobby Dowler; Aisha Farr; Natalie Ferris; Isabel Galleymore; Callie Gardner; Christopher P. Green; Oliver Griffin; Will Harris; Lesley Harrison; Daisy Lafarge; Zigmunds Lapsa; Maureen N. McLane; Lucy Mercer; Aimée Parrott; Natalie Pollard; Paloma Proudfoot; Denise Riley; Ben Sanderson; Denise Saul; Lucy Stein; Amy & Oliver Thomas-Irvine; Nick Thurston and Donya Todd to realize a searching study of Graham’s work, practice, critical inference and poetic influence. 

Purchase the book from the publisher here.



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