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Fiona Larkin was born in London to parents from Mayo and Tipperary. Her poems have been published in journals, including Envoi, And Other Poems, South Bank Poetry, Oxford Magazine and Ink Sweat & Tears. She is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.

 

 

 

 

Strumpfluchen

 


Stamped on the spine
of the set text,
open in the hands
of the man I wanted
to impress. He lifted
a pair of academic
eyebrows, invited
my thoughts: but
I tripped at the title.
My fruit machine
brain whirred
lemons and cherries,
paid out a jackpot
on marzipan.
(Christ - did I say it?)
His lecture began:
'Like kindergarten,
doppelgänger,
edelweiss, marzipan's
on permanent loan
from the bibliothek...'
His tongue was coated
in bitter-sweet.
Strumpfluchen
proved ex-lexicon,
an unsearchable
googlewack,
a noun compounded
of sock and curse.
My professor
crossed his legs
to show a flash
of yellow hose;
no cross-gartered
Malvolio, but
an ankle blanketed
in almond paste,
seamless, smooth
and faintly dusted

in icing sugar.

 

 

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