Postcards From Malthusia DAY EIGHTY-THREE: Fiona Larkin

Waking to the News


There is a kind of pain called exquisite,

a kind of curiosity called morbid.


To touch the wound is to probe

the border between sense and damage,

to test whether blunting is felt.


There is a kind of waking,

when the head’s night-long weight

has pressed ear to sheet


and each amplifying curve

expands into bruise.



Fiona Larkin’s debut pamphlet, A Dovetail of Breath, was published by Rack Press in 2020. Her poem ‘Rope of Sand’ was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2019. She organises innovative poetry events with Corrupted Poetry.


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