Poem by Maria Apichella (UK)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 43
6:10 am, Halls of Residence
The Welsh girl, eighteen, skittish
as an inky cartoon.
A half robed target,
black lace dress,
pink dressing gown,
by walloping memories, made worse by–
her bed sopping in the bodies juices.
I walk home – not
a saviour –
I am lead
coated figure in crinkled mist –
milky lemon sky, falling
browned broccoli hills.
Maria Apichella has completed her PhD in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth in Wales. She now teaches writing with the University of Maryland, Europe.
Widely published in poetry journals and anthologies, her pamphlet Paga was a winner of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet competition 2014. She was the joint winner of the 2015 Melita Hume Poetry Prize.
Image: "Brocolli" by Jeremy Keith.