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FOUR Poems

books should be broken

it’s a sign of respect really
gifting a cat of nine tails to the lady jesus
not to brag of literacy
but to praise a construct i forgot
i had a point                                                      
before i began counting her teeth
they told to say they grow weary of knuckles
i rest mine              on smudged diary
and think of tears i could have drunk

i’d rather bleed

it could iron me
with blood taste from behind
metallic dogs in a playground
must get crazy sniffing
gory details on a spiders web                      
my pulse on the other hand

remains steady
as long as it can’t
                              see my grimace

belting fast
while seating

once human you have no right left she proclaiming
sits turning burning early morning dissent
far down father to dawn and gum stuck deep
into ear ducts plugs changing changeling
from whence life west east blooms of anaemic barbie baby
order carbonated pint or foot print in order to bumble
be the journey not the desecration


sometimes i think
how it would be for our intestines
to talk when the weight
of your amygdala is my flower press
and i rest on magma what
would your appendix say
when it noticed mine missing

Vilde VALERIE BJERKE TORSET is a spanish-norwegian poet, artist and actor living in London. Her publications include the chapbook swallowing feathers (Sampson Low, 2019) and the pamphlet no tittle (Penteract Press, 2019). Torset’s work has also been published by 3:AM Magazine, Ren Sommer, Utflukt and Literratura amongst others.



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