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Stephanie Conn’s first collection, The Woman on the Other Side is published by Doire Press and was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award for best first collection. Her pamphlet, Copeland’s Daughter, won the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and is published by Smith/Doorstep. Her new collection is due out in May 2018.

 

 

 

 

The Accident

 

 

One block southwest from the centre of the universe,

a young couple hurry off a bus to look for her small umbrella

in the square. Emptyhanded, they board another bus,

Xochimilco bound. She sits by the handrail, reminds herself

of the chocolate and the beautiful new bolero she still has.

Besides, it doesn’t look like rain and the sun has lowered

in the sky. Its angle stretches light across an old man’s glowing

fingertips, nipping the neck of a brown paper package.

 

The impact can’t have been gentle or silent, leaving her

naked and bloodied, as it did, her body impaled on the rail,

her foot crushed to pulp, her leg fractured in eleven places

but time did seem to stop, to gather gold dust in a sacred cloud

above her sticky skin, before it cloaked her, making her art,

in the moment before the sirens, screams, cutting, pain.

 

 

 

©2018 Stephanie Conn

 

 

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