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Three from Carapace 81

Carapace 81

Our next Carapace # 82 issue is devoted to the poetry of Akwe Amosu.

We are deeply grateful to reader and contributor, Nancy O’Flynn, for a very generous gift which will help to keep the price of Carapace down.

Currently Carapace is labouring under a back log of submissions. We hope to clear this by the end of the year. This is just an apology in advance to those of you who might have their work delayed.

Gus Ferguson

Cover art by Derek Jacobs: ‘Cedarburghers’. Charcoal on Fabriano.

Contributors to Carapace 81

Kay Brown, Mangaliso W Buzani, Sue Clark, Michael Cope, Patrick Cullinan, Finuala Dowling, Dawn Garisch, Damian Garside, Abigail George, Keith Gottschalk, Rosemund Handler, Simone Haysom, Colleen Higgs, Rob Homen, Mike Kantey, Siddiq Khan, Adré Marshall, Barbara Meyerowitz, Mandy Mitchell, Tshifhiwa Given, Mukwevho, Tolu Ogunlesi, Walter Saunders, John Simon, Jack Spruce, Clare van der Gaast, Lucas Zulu

Three from Carapace 81


he wanted to
rub a piece of skin against a piece of skin.
he paid the tariff.
there was a surcharge.
the sex worker also
stole his cellphone.

Keith Gottschalk


The Book

all the world’s a page
torn out of a book
by Someone who thought
this page doesn’t belong
here, and got angry
at being cheated.
the book will sit there
in a cosmic rain
bleeding slowly
from where the page
was torn off,
now somehow complete,
now a better story
in the final analysis

Tolu Ogunlesi


Ode to a Fartingale

‘Ekphrastic’ is the kind of word
I would cut dead
if I saw it walking in the street
with a bowl of fruit
on its head

It was spat out like a pip
at a dinner do
by a puffed-up woman
who wrote poetry
but didn’t have a clue

about the feel of a Poem,
and another Work of Art,
dancing cheek to cheek
She wanted just to expel
a BIG word like a fart

I said I could never wrap
around my tongue
such a frightful word
without breaking a tooth
or puncturing a lung

But she flicked it across the table
like a crumb
from her great loaf
of intellectuality
untasted by the dumb

Clare van der Gaast

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Carapace 81


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