Emma Simon


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The Emma Press
30 March 2017
ISBN: 9781910139646
36 pages

From the publisher

Dragonish is the debut pamphlet of poems by Emma Simon. With an introduction by Caroline Bird.

“The milk cried on the doorstep. We toasted blackbirds,
crunched their burnt wings. Watched jam drip
through the egg timer.


Was it eight already? Outside overcoats
and umbrellas quick-stepped the wind.
No-one could tell the time from the telephone


having done its worst, it bit its tongue. We washed faces
in cold light that rained from the ceiling,
knew you could drown in an empty bath.


The great tractor wheels of the day lay on their side.
The engine rusted in parts, like a jigsaw we’d had
of The Haywain. It was all corners. No-one knew where to start.


We cut up newspapers for small talk. Snapped lumps
off the morning and evening stars,
dissolved them in the multiplying flower vases


overflowering with black tea. Our hands
clumsy as hooks as we pinned headaches
to our faces for smiles.”