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December 3, 2018 / barton smock

person Sarah Law, one poem

ISACOUSTIC*

Sarah Law lives in London, UK, and is a tutor for the Open University and elsewhere. She has five poetry collections and is widely published online. Her pamphlet My Converted Father, is published by Broken Sleep Books. She edits the online journal Amethyst Review.

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Jazz with Diana

Is a shifting mood of chords
is dry ice evoking the smoke
of a joint in twenties Manhattan,

by night, by streetwise starlight. Is
a touch of freeform syncopation,
the old heart has quavered lately,
(still within the limits of its listening).

Is Miss Lonely Heart, sat at the bar
with her legs crossed and her hands
turning the glass of gimlet in

the low keyed evening, she
makes such a picture there, that he
remembers her silhouette ten years on,

the angle of her limbs and the sheen
of her blouse, and ambition’s
hazy scent. How its neat strength

becomes…

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