Nov 5, 2012

2004 Competition Winner: Pascale Petit

"When The Wounded Deer was a winner in the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition it gave me a real confidence boost about these rather daring poems. That spur at the beginning, of being a first stage winner in the competition, and having a gorgeously produced pamphlet, gave me the confidence to believe in the sequence, that it wasn't crazy to write poems in the voice of the extraordinary Mexican artist." — Pascale Petit

 

THE WOUNDED DEER

I have a woman's face
but I'm a little stag,
because I had the balls
to come this far into the forest,
to where the trees are broken.
The nine points of my antlers
have battled
with the nine arrows in my hide.

I can hear the bone-saw
in the ocean on the horizon.
I emerged from the waters
of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
It had deep blue under-rooms.

And once, when I opened my eyes
too quickly after the graft,
I could see right through
all the glass ceilings,
up to where lightning forked
across the New York sky
like the antlers of sky-deer,
rain arrowing the herd.

Small and dainty as I am
I escaped into this canvas, 
where I look back at you
in your steel corset, painting
the last splash on my hoof.

 

Full details of the 2012/13 Book & Pamphlet Competition here.

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