Skin Snagged by Paul Brookes

in the door

between sinew and spirit,
trapped between fires,
and lowtide on the turn,
a scramble to pull

loose of the heavy chain
of the jamb
or be drowned in blood,
adrift in the spiritflicker,
burned in the wash.

Paul Brookes was poetry performer with “Rats for Love” and his work included in “Rats for Love: The Book”, Bristol Broadsides, 1990. His first chapbook was “The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley”, Dearne Community Arts, 1993. He has read his work on BBC Radio Bristol and had a creative writing workshop for sixth formers broadcast on BBC Radio Five Live.

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