Rescue Mission

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When you emerge from the tub, still dripping,
and streak into our living room, naked
and pink as the snout of a pig, your round
belly hairy and steaming, I know that
I am loved. I know that I am loved when
you stand beside our oxblood couch, where I
am curled beneath our dubious blankets,
writing emails or struggling with a verse,
and do your famous helicopter dance,
whipping your penis around in a loop
as though it were made of an orange, lodged
in the toe of a sock. It takes a lot
to make me laugh. I am prone to sinking
in deep waters. You lower the right ropes.

Rescue Mission By Bethany W. Po


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Bethany W. Pope was named by the Huffington Post โ€˜one of the five Expat poets to watch in 2016โ€™. Nicholas Lezard, writing for The Guardian, described her latest collection as 'poetry as salvation'.....'This harrowing collection drawn from a youth spent in an orphanage delights in language as a place of private escape.' Bethany was born in North Carolina. She has lived in five countries and six American states. She lived in a South Carolina orphanage from the time she was twelve until she was fifteen. Bethany has an MA in Creative Writing from Trinity, St David's and a PhD from Aberystwyth University. Bethany has won many literary awards. Her poetry collections include: A Radiance (Cultured Llama, 2012) Crown of Thorns, (Oneiros Books, 2013), The Gospel of Flies (Writing Knights Press 2014), Undisturbed Circles (Lapwing, 2014) , The Rag and Boneyard (Indigo Dreams 2016), and Silage (Indigo Dreams, 2017). Her first novel, Masque, was published by Seren in 2016.

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