POEM Valerie Laws

NWR Issue 101

Hitting the Road with Frida Kahlo

The sound of my thirteen bones breaking
Rings through my limbs, the world slows
Down, slooowwwws right down, the noise I’m
Making a deep bass mooing. The dashboard
Travelling in towards my knees crawls
Like a glacier, my feet, leg, ribs, arm
Already smashed...

Valerie Laws is a Northumbrian poet, crime novelist, playwright and sci-art specialist. Her new collection arises from residencies at a London pathology museum and brain institutes. She holds a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and won the National Poetry Competition twice. Her website can be found here.

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