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Cabbage Scrunchie by Maria Sledmere



Cabbage Scrunchie


comes from acid soil

to make blue ones

bluer than ever


born again to be eaten

genuine angelblossom

of the cosmos

you hold in your hair


becoming it-girl staple

patented balletcore

not much to expect

satin allure

of seedbed


lowers the wine-

coloured quality


yahoo said there are

plenty of sophisticated

options for adults

nostalgic for metal straws

and verified buyers of

the one and only

Glossier Futuredew


in lieu of drinking water

staying well-

moisturised all the

firm, desired size of the

time-based investment in

sea turtle conservation


the turtles may have died

but the accessories they wore

are eternal






Maria Sledmere is the author of over twenty books of poetry including the recent Cocoa and Nothing with Colin Herd (SPAM Press, 2023) and An Aura of Plasma Around the Sun (Hem Press 2023). They are editor-in-chief of SPAM Press and a Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde. Her work has been highlighted in places such as It’s Nice That, Scottish Contemporary Artists Network, BBC Radio 3, The Guardian, Dazed and The Poetry Project. She was recently included in the Saltire Society's '40 under 40' list celebrating outstanding Scottish creatives.

Twitter: @mariaxrose

Insta: @cherry_melancholic

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