Flying Ointment & Glossolalia

By Jennifer Wilson


Jennifer Wilson lives in Somerset, England, with her husband and spends her days as a faceless retail drone. She came top ten in Molotov Cocktail’s 2018 Shadow Poetry Award and is forthcoming in Rhythm & Bone Lit’s YANYR anthology, and the Fly on the Wall Press webzine. Twitter: @_dead_swans

Flying Ointment is about the ungents used by “witches”n order to induce trance states and the sensation of flying. In the context of the poem, it is about the desire to go so far as to poison oneself to escape a binding, suffocating, meagre life to become something better.

Glossolalia is really about intense glossophobia — the fear of saying things, the inability to communicate. In the fugue of insomnia the words rise up, like ectoplasmic ghosts at a séance, and wander in the dark towards their target.