POEM Rachel Bower

NWR Issue 119

After the Stork

I brought my body to the shower room
as instructed. Bloated strawberries disperse
at my feet, inking the stream. The soft dome of stomach

comes too, stones stitched in the gut
of the dozing wolf...

Rachel Bower is a poet and Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018) and Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980–2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Rachel is the editor of Verse Matters (with Helen Mort, Valley Press, 2017), and her poems have featured in Stand, The Interpreter’s House, Frontier, Popshot and many other places. Her poems have also won several prizes. You can follow her @rachelebower or visit her website www.rachelbowerwrites.wordpress.com

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