Poem of the Week

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Fetish by Phoebe Hesketh

His boyhood fetish
was bursting every swollen pod
whether broom, balsam, or bean
according to season.
Rape of the flower, the split-clean
Free-spill served to fill
A vacuum in the void

‘Fetish’ is copyright © Phoebe Hesketh, 1997, and reprinted from the collection A box of silver birch by permission of Enitharmon Press.

Find out more at the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre.


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