Eleanor Chandler



you cover that floral couch skin

taut as upholstery

pull until pigment gives

way to film


I scratch your arm

sticker sniff what rubs away


I feel your chicken pox

scars gummed under everyone’s

thighs slick with cane

juice and tiny ants


every phrase is melisma

every dress is backless



maybe you’ll divert me your time

via reception or fridge crisper


I could do a dance reek

a conundrum cut celery

dip with convex fingernails

forget your cuticles are edible


but I only just

sat down



Eleanor Chandler lives and works in London. You can tweet her @eleanorchandler.