The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Gordon Meade: 3 Poems Published

Poems by Gordon Meade (UK)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 41



Thornback Ray


Unlike Stevie Smith, Ray

is neither waving nor drowning, she is

swimming. The visitors


who come to see her may think

that she enjoys being stroked, in spite of what

the signs at the edge of her


tank might say, but they would be

wrong. Why else would she have grown a line

of thorns upon her back if not


to discourage human contact?






There is something

badly wrong with Starfish.

For some reason,


she has begun

to tear herself apart; first,

limb from limb,


and then, the heart.

The questions that are needing

to be asked, are not,


does she suffer

any pain? But, how on Earth

did it all begin?


And, after it has

stopped, just how much of Starfish

will still remain?





Squid likes to think of himself

as a genuine writer instead of what

he really is, a purveyor of ink.


Squid knows lots of different authors.

They visit his establishment for varying shades

of black and blue. Squid is not ashamed


of what he has to do to make ends meet.

After all, it keeps the wheels of literature still

turning, and his family off the streets



About the Poet

Gordon Meade is a Scottish poet based on the coast of Fife. In the past, he has been a Creative Writing Fellow at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Writer in Residence for Dundee District Libraries, and a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Dundee. He has read from his own work and given creative writing workshops throughout the United Kingdom and in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. His eighth collection, Les Animots: A Human Bestiary, a collaboration between himself and the visual artist, Doug Robertson, will be published in Autumn 2015 by Cultured Llama Publishing.

Image: "Orange Starfish" by Anna Bennet.