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William Thompson: a poem


Not from a supermarket,

gleaming like a snooker ball.

This one's like pale green wax.

It buckles near the stem,

has the odd imperfection

like a cigarette burn.

Before I start to eat,

I'll blow on it like a book


from a high shelf,

rub it on my trouser leg

like a cricket ball.

This one can't be stored

or ensure anything

beyond the succulent crack

of the first bite

and a pure electric shock

of bittersweet. It's the real thing.

William Thompson is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol. He was born in Cambridgeshire in 1991, and his poems have appeared widely in print and online. His debut pamphlet After Clare is published by New Walk Editions and he is the current poet-in-residence at the Langdyke Countryside Trust.

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