are you beach body ready and How Would I Name These Shapes In Letters?


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are you beach body ready

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drive the ditch buggy steady
awful bleach bawdy lady
see the meat bunny prairie
Afterbirth Botticelli
ask Lou Reed sobbing loudly
Afrobeat’s oddly rare now
are you Burt/ Ernie mainly
how is Nietzsche modern theory
throw up each Bloody Mary
ah the peach party ended



How Would I Name These Shapes In Letters?

‘95% of English-speaking adults matched ‘bouba’ with a round, amoeboid shape and ‘kiki’ with an angular figure.’ Developmental Science 9:3 (2006)


Kiki stranger,

Since you left home some weeks ago, with your suitcase for the bus, I have been finding your claws everywhere. I find your rose stems in the carpet. Your icicles in the toaster. Your scissors in the biscuit tin. I find your arrowheads in the coffee machine. I find your fish hooks in the driveway. Your sea urchins beneath the duvet.

Coarse acupuncture for me,



Bouba home,

I’m on the road yet I see you in each strange city. I sink into the seats of stinking vehicles. They give me extra pillows at the hostels. I was served dim sum when I ordered skewers. I saw a stream of bubbles floating from the service station. Today a parachute silk hit the intersection and triggered a wave of airbags.

Soft dreams of suffocation,


Francine Elena’s chapbook Christmas Lantern is published by 3:AM Press and her unpublished pamphlet Fluoro was shortlisted for the Pighog Poetry School Prize. Her poems have appeared  in The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Poetry London, Ambit, Clinic3:AM Magazine and The Quietus among others. She grew up in England, Scotland and Portugal and received an MA in Classics from the University of Edinburgh in 2008.




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