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Agnes Marton: a poem

School Holiday

I'm not allowed to keep dangerous things.

I kill with my ribbon,

my hairpin.

Wish I could climb the fence.

I creep there every day

to peep through.

I call it Overbeyond.

Dragon caves.

I would people them with loud shadows,

then balter.


I could crush grasshoppers with.

Viper clouds.

A greedy gorge.

Trees with teeth –

one day I will queen them.

I will strangle the days away,


a giant.

Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet, writer, librettist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK) and Reviews Editor at The Ofi Press. Recent publications include her collection Captain Fly's Bucket List and four chapbooks with Moria Books (USA). She won the National Poetry Day Competition in the UK.


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