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The handstand she does

On the roundabout, not quite inert,

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After accepting that he was too unmarketably ugly to become a cult singer songwriter, Lee Wilson returned to Higher Education, completing a degree in English and Philosophy. His first published poem, The handstand she does, appeared in Smiths Knoll #28. Appearances in The Rialto and Ambit followed, and then a chapbook from Waterloo Press. A full-length collection, You've got an eyelash, appeared in April,2006. It sold a whopping 42 copies. Woo-hoo! More at myspace.com/youvegotaneyelash and 4 mp3 files at myspace.com/eyelash2007)

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The Handstand She Does

The handstand she does

On the roundabout, not quite inert,
four children lie and quietly bicker.
Their heads and hands jut out
to see, to make, a tiny world turn.

A woman of twenty-five, her head shaved,
cuts through the park. Upon sight of the children
her jaw tightens; she treads then
as lightly as her boots will allow.

A girl among the group, though, has heard.
She sits up. The Army Surplus clothing
is no camouflage. As their eyes meet
the girl begins to slap her own head.

For an instant, she so much wants
the woman to be hurt; but the woman,
who has left Glastonbury two years running
without having spoken to a single soul –

whose sympathies are shifting –
sees the girl’s upturned lips and reciprocates.
Though the younger mouth is static,
neurons a few inches away are not:

they are gathered, to form a constellation
she’ll navigate the rest of her life by.
She gets to her feet, hops off the roundabout.
The handstand she does makes her feel like Zeus.

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