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Featured Release ECHOES by Alan Parry

Alan Parry

His work has ben published by Dream Noir, Streetcar Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, Porridge, Ghost City Press, Anti-Heroin Chic among many others. He is the Co-founder and Editor of The Broken Spine and as of 2022, BOLDArtsZine.

EXCERPT

Pear-Shaped Sadness

she stood in the doorway / attempting disguise / naked breast – / a child eating toast /

why bother / he’s too young to mind / but now – the past here / conversations about / pear-shaped sadness / elicit memory / in both of them


Banana Bread

the village cake bake / the same banana bread / we ate at our wedding – / they serve it with whipped cream/

all the Newquay niteries / spin the same Beach Boys records / we danced to – but Newquay will never / be California – it’s too honest

the day’s photographs are curled in the keepsake box beneath our bed – the only truth we have

ECHOES is at times, haunting; dealing with the delicacy of loss and grief with the care and skill it deserves. So many of these short poems pack so much more in than you’d think they could and the prose just captivates.

Casey Bailey. Birmingham Poet Laureate 2020 – 2022


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