To sunbathe, nude and thin as a lily
To watch the clouds contract in envy
And be okay with life, like a baby is
To be a twiggy, malleable, raw little thing
Always dressing as candy for Daddy
Is a new kind of happiness
Relaxing into the absence round the waist
I’m okay with this now, do you see?
I am so okay
With one foot on the mirror I admire the cured meat
Me and my disease are not friends exactly
But we have an enemy in common
And though I don’t remember life before our estrangement
It is beautiful to feel cheese slices dissolving on the tongue
It is like retiling a soft bathroom
is a British-Peruvian writer. His work has appeared in FLAR, Marathon, and The Northridge Review. He was shortlisted for the Yeats Prize in 2018, the University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Prize in 2019, and the Wales Poetry Award in 2020.
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