York Literary Review

Wallpaper

Charlotte Gann

 

 

Rooftops glisten blue. The single, yellow, rectangular,

lit window harbours a malevolent presence. The figure

passing beneath the streetlight has a blue face as he

turns. The single, yellow, rectangular, lit window hides

a malevolent force at work. The cobbled street is black

and shines, the moon-grey hill blunt and blind. Rooftops

glisten blue. The single, yellow, rectangular, lit window

houses a malevolent presence. The cobbled street glows

black and bright. The blue hill, rising in a wave,

 

streams purple. The pub, locked up at night, houses

a thousand crimson secrets. The frosted glass above the bar

reflects only emptiness and shadows. Rooftops glisten blue.

The single, yellow, rectangular, lit window harbours

a malevolent presence. The figure passing beneath the

streetlight has a blue face as he turns. The cobbled street

is black and shines, the moon-grey hill blunt and blind.

Rooftops glisten blue. The blunt hill, rising in a wave

above the town, streams purple. The single, yellow,

 

rectangular, lit window hides its malevolence. The single,

yellow, rectangular, lit window houses a malevolent

force at work. The moon-grey hill, rising in a wave,

streams crimson. The pub, locked up at night, houses

a thousand criminal secrets. The frosted glass above the bar

reflects only shadows. The single, yellow, rectangular,

lit window houses a malevolence. The blunt hill rising

in a wave above the town streams crimson. The single, yellow,

rectangular, lit window harbours a malevolent presence.

 

 


Charlotte Gann’s pamphlet, The Long Woman (Pighog Press), was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award, and her first full collection, Noir, is forthcoming from HappenStance in late 2016/early 2017.

 

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