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Scream by Nina Parmenter


Do you feel the bristle

of closeness,

hairs up like a brush?

Do you feel the tired shiver

of company? 

Does your brain spike 

and jabber

at the stab of a voice?

Does the air crush too much

to be breathed?

Open your mouth 

like mine -

right up to the hinge.

Let space ring your teeth.

Now scream.

Nina Parmenter’s first collection ‘Split, Twist, Apocalypse’ will be published by Indigo Dreams in 2022. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Snakeskin, Honest Ulsterman, Allegro Poetry, Atrium Poetry and Ink Sweat and Tears. She lives with her husband and two boys in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

Twitter: @ninaparmenter. Website: Facebook: @parmenterpoetry


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