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Scanning Venus by Louise Longson



Scanning Venus


see her microscopic

abundance

inside soft-stone skin


particles of rust

grains of oolite

shatters of shells


bivalves

under her heart


uncover her secret


curled

shrimp-like

foetal fragments


held inside her

monolithic smallness

forever


never living


never lost




Louise Longson has been widely published both in print and online since starting to write poetry ‘with intent’ in 2020. She is the author of the chapbooks Hanging Fire (Dreich Publications, 2021) and Songs from the Witch Bottle (Alien Buddha Press, 2022). She works from her home in a small rural village on the fringes of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire offering a listening service to people whose physical and emotional distress is caused by loneliness and historic trauma. Her poems are inspired by bringing together her personal and work experiences, often seen through the twin prisms of myth and nature. Twitter @LouisePoetical


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