Here's my first selection from Claire's new pamphlet, Mollicle, published by Nine Arches Press. Tomorrow she'll be launching it in London alongside Matt Bryden with his prizewinning pamphlet, Night Porter (Templar, 2010), and me with my US chapbook, Divinations (Punch Press, 2010), now sold out but for the four copies I'm bringing to the event. For details of the reading, please see the Readings & Events page.
Self Portrait as Windscreen
Do you think I'm clear on every issue
just because I'm glass?
Have you heard yourself calling 'Claire,
Claire, Claire, Claire' when you're confused?
A name is lulling
when you aren't clear on every issue.
So your favourite phrase 'Let's be clear
on this one thing'
is the public face of 'Claire, Claire.'
I see you everywhere, using my nature,
hardened from soft,
imagining you're clear. Fired, made
to soften, harden again. We're laminated.
The crack that comes
won't shatter us or your calling.
Mollicle (Nine Arches, 2010)