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.
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.