(after Vahni's reading)

                                      shattered dynamics,
                                                patterns on archaic & future hous
                                                -ing , what we had been
                                                tuned::   billboards, latinate, etc.
                                                   the scope of purity & such myths / your
                                                                                                       aggression utterly
                                                                                                       entrancing to
                                                                                                       -night, –
                                                                   think the trails of roving & vicious girls
                                                                   most detested & what we’ve been dreaming for

          // the light on the bridges above the
          city suspicion in beauty
                                              , the kind that is turned against us
          but is / is


                                                             such remarks of the english, their
                                                             freshly brutal nation soak
                                                             ‘d in a self-pity we will not call
                                                             hysteria / the hysterical
                                                             a domain from which we witness,
           you are weapon as you reflect / to
           put breath & its emerge
           -nt body in the line




                 cleaves & switches of the blasted
                 cities of our living, th-
                 rough fabric of our thighs /confrontation
                 of its seas / edged in
                 dominant provident
                                                 / 'tecture of colony sky
                                                 unbroke bitter

                                  our softsteel english
                                  shoes / beauty potent in cobble
                                  / fend off all satistics / a
                                                                         book of ourselves, in living.

                           of violence/violating, residing in
                           the rust of its histories, emotions &
                           common grammar // sense on which
                           their country is to be continued





Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Her poetry includes '[of sirens / body & faultlines]' (Veer Books, 2015), countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013), 'mute exterior intimate'
(Oystercatcher Books, 2013) and Octet (Veer Books, 2010).
She is undertaking a PhD in queer Marxism and post-1950 poetry
at the University of Sussex, UK; and working variously part-time at
the Edinburgh College of Art and University of Glasgow, Scotland.