New Lands

Artwork by Mireille Stahle
Artwork by Mireille Stahle

She is used to the insistent geography of ageing,

the body’s muffled crease and fold

beneath eyes, breasts, belly;

the gravy thumbprints on the back of her hands,

the seize of muscle at the knee.


This is a detour off the map, stripped of signposts,

thick with monsters. She hugs her own skull,

brushes away the loose caul of hair

and is born into a new life, after;

made of tough dust.


About Rosie Garland 1 Article
ROSIE GARLAND: Novelist, poet and singer in post-punk band The March Violets, Rosie’s poems feature in Mslexia, Rialto, East Coast Literary Review etc. Her most recent collection is Everything Must Go (Holland Park Press). She is author of The Palace of Curiosities (HarperCollins 2013) and Vixen (HarperCollins 2014).