Mount Pleasant I'm a Sea-Drift florentine with New York smoked chocolate and gothic liquorice ice cream all falsetto euphoria on an acidic yellow slipway silence, still life, plein air, subtle watercolour fractals mid brain, black substance potent dopamine receptors and how I wish that this railing is your hand, My Friend I swear I can see our soles in the lichen and an auburn woman all flither picker hemmed with Irish broken veins on the curve of a cobb
Cigarettes on Grey Street
corner seem appropriate.
I’m wearing a plastic red
Red hot tar’s spread on my
and we’re licking our tongues
pack-of-cards pedestrians seem
Through the vision in your eyes
shot of some other metallic; without
I was truly alone
Miss X, I adore you
She was a bleached out blonde,
discovered on a soft spot by
misdemeanours, stupid mistakes.
blindfold her with masking tape,
Save your sodden handkerchiefs
Cod and Lobster
I’d like to believe Kindly Light
Potash said they’d laughed over
who’d call a boat that? How every
puckered lips around rims of cask ale,
drowned in a drink, sipping away and
swills out the sockets, forms a foam
the Yorkshire Coble in a bottle on the
I can almost forget,
I polished a curette,
the back of her eyes,
in Brownian trophic motion,
I remembered how a hand
her down on a soundtrack,
Cigarettes on Grey Street and other poems are © Julie Hogg
These poems have been previously published individually by Appletree Writers, Butcher’s Dog, Diamond Twig Press, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Litmus Publishing, Obsessed with pipework, Rockland, StepAway Magazine and Vane Women Press.
Julie Hogg is a Poet from the North East of England with an MA in Creative Writing from Teesside University. Published in many literary journals and magazines including Black Light Engine Room, Butcher’s Dog, Honest Ulsterman, Irisi, Proletarian Poetry and Well Versed and featured in anthologies by Ek Zuban, Litmus, Zoomorphic and Writing Motherhood from Seren, her debut pamphlet Majuba Road is available from Vane Women Press. Journeying in poetry through landscapes she inhabits, her voice can be lyrical, startling, staccato and also exquisitely tender.