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Alice Hiller: a poem


amphitheatres are carved from

bones and stagger into stone

have traps in their floors

troughs to drain blood

bars protect the watchers

from the creatures who

when they are attacked

leave no more marks

than the rain drunk

by growing grass

Alice Hiller is a London-based poet, activist and writer. Her blog interviews poets about "saying the difficult thing". Responding to her own experience of childhood sexual abuse, her current work centres around trauma and creative resistance. She runs poems along channels of beauty and play and experiments with the expressive powers of silence.


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