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Patrick Chapman

Patrick Chapman has published six poetry collections and two of fiction – including A Promiscuity of Spines: New & Selected Poems (2012) and The Negative Cutter (novellas, 2014). Also a scriptwriter, he has written an award-winning short film, a Doctor Who audio adventure, and many episodes for children’s animated television. In 2014 he produced an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles for BBC Radio 4, featuring Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell. This won Silver at the 2015 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs. With Dimitra Xidous he founded and edits The Pickled Body. His next collection, Slow Clocks of Decay, is due from Salmon in 2016. He lives in Dublin.

 

 

 

 

     The Impossible Boy

 

The bathroom air is cut.

 

A figment of young blood

entangled with a trace

 

of disinfectant swabbed

on no scraped knee.

 

A tear nonetheless from the eye

that never opened.

 

Like dew on a current,

it whispers on your cheek

 

while syllables

from no living tongue

 

flicker on your lobe

and break into particles.

 

Later in bed it is there

in your heart.

 

In your chambers

you detect it.

 

His interrupted beat.

 

 

 

©2015 Patrick Chapman

 

 

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