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Scanning Venus by Louise Longson

Scanning Venus

see her microscopic


inside soft-stone skin

particles of rust

grains of oolite

shatters of shells


under her heart

uncover her secret



foetal fragments

held inside her

monolithic smallness


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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