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21st Century Poetry News Flash

by Claire Booker

At The Fortune of War we soak up late October sun,
down craft cider, anticipate the shots to come. The Taliban
have beheaded a women’s youth volleyball player. Hubbub
at slatted tables, joggers blast past, kids happy-screaming,
hipsters on Segways. The Taliban have beheaded a women’s
youth volleyball player. Seagulls dive bomb for chips, smash
plates, glasses, wild applause. The Taliban have beheaded
a women’s youth volleyball player. The beach lies neck
down in pebbles; glint of Sunday kayakers. The Taliban have
beheaded a women’s youth volleyball player. Girls tumble
in borrowed sand — lit up, laughing, aching with life’s endlessness.
The Taliban have beheaded a women’s youth volleyball player.
 
 

Claire Booker has published two pamphlets — The Bone That Sang and Later There Will Be Postcards. She lives in Brighton. 21st-century Poetry is edited by Andy Croft, email [email protected].

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