The Tall Lighthouse
Kate Potts

Kate Potts lives in London. She has an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, London, and has taught in Further and Adult Education for several years. Her poems have appeared in various magazines including Ambit, Magma, Poetry Wales and The Wolf. Her work features in the Bloodaxe anthology Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century. Whichever music was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the inaugural Michael Marks Awards for pamphlets. Her debut full collection is published by

BLOODAXE in June 2011

whichever music is now OUT OF PRINT

PBS pamphlet choice Winter 2008

 

Kate Potts is a pickpocket of human experience in this tightly-rhythmed,

assonance-jellied, beetle-drawer of a pamphlet.

                                                                                                                          Jen Hadfield

 

Ghost no. 1 from whichever music

Phantom heels stalk the corridor:

click, click. My watery iris

at the fisheye. You are an amalgam

of angles, crystalline in denim.

 

I snap supermarket bags at your ears,

shuffle crockery, mimic the telephone

with the chirp at the tips of my teeth.

I’m a conjurer of uneasiness, spectre

 

of barely remembered door keys,

gas hob, medicine, disconsolate

child – your crush of vodka’d limbs.

Mine’s the suspension of breath.

 

You contemplate chaos, prostration,

beginning again in a new place

under a new name. I am the ice

in your liver – exhaled.

 

 

 

 

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