Rescue Mission

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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About Author

Bethany W. Pope was named by the Huffington Post ‘one of the five Expat poets to watch in 2016’. 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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