What the tabloids know:
the way a purloined curio of pain
the way each softcore amateur limps on
the various yet binding routes by which
Image by Nick Conde-Dudding
Kona Macphee grew up in Australia and now lives in rural Scotland, where she works as a freelance writer, co-directs a tech/consultancy business and runs Muse Tuners [http://www.musetuners.co.uk].
Kona received an Eric Gregory Award in 1998 and her first collection, 'Tails', was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2004. Her second Bloodaxe collection, Perfect Blue [http://pb.konamacphee.com], was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for 2010 [http://www.thebookseller.com/news/macphee-wins-geoffrey-faber-memorial-prize.html]. Her third collection, 'What Long Miles' [http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/titlepage.asp?isbn=185224965X], is forthcoming from Bloodaxe in March 2013.
For more information, please see www.konamacphee.com
Poems by Kona Macphee (Australia/ Scotland). Published in Issue 25.
The end of love
Retired at last from his instinctive duties,
lacking a rope to work the soft hurts of his nose,
the bull’s a sketch of brute heft and bewilderment
awaiting, in his pen, that willed embrace
of gratitude or steeliness whose outcome is a future
now teetering between the knacker and the trackless clover.