Glasgow, 1948

A sleek body
flows from me.

No fingers,
no toes,

exposed spine
gaunt,
winding white.

I swaddle her
in newspaper:
little fish and chips:
neither fish nor chips.


Tessa Livingstone is an MFA candidate at Portland State University, where she teaches poetry writing and serves as poetry editor for the Portland Review. Her poems have most recently appeared in Five:2:One Magazine, Geometry Literary Journal, and Whiskey Island Magazine. She enjoys engaging the transformative and macabre in her work, with a focus on both natural and surreal subjects.

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