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By Frances Leviston

Of Tribulation, these are They,

Denoted by the White.

— Emily Dickinson


Pained, permanent

wakefulness


Exposed

in the split geode


a Santa’s grotto

Jagged milk


quartz crusts

constitute


every surface —

a mouth


all teeth

self-sharpening


like sea urchins’ —

“Uncomfortably beautiful”


toughened glass

spikes


in the doorways

of award-


winning offices

 — rough


sleepers from the womb

condemned


to make of anything succulent

rock


of porticoes

iron maidens


Source: Poetry (March 2018)

Poet Bio

Frances Leviston’s Disinformation was published by Picador in 2015. She lectures at the University of Manchester.

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