8 Oct

Erotic poetry workshop.

So, I got this. This ain’t my first rodeo.

Then Carrie Etter threw a suckerpunch, not happened since the Man for a Day workshop.

I’d been asked to write about a part of my body in an erotic way, a loving way, give it magic powers and turn this into a poem.

I’m suddenly and stupidly upset and frustrated. Third person, yes. About me, no (I’m not explaining why, here. Ask me over a drink. Maybe a couple of drinks.) And then she said: compare it to other stuff–she asked for metaphors and similes as well? Oh no.

Was my plastic chair the problem? I moved to a bean bag. (We were in the Tent-Palace which on Thursday was full of bean bags and pouffes and tables with lanterns and has gradually been stripped and turned back into something more akin to a venue and less akin to a boudoir. I don’t think the audience and workshop participants have a problem with the look, just the practicalities of knees and backs. But still I felt a bit sad and have ignored my own back and knees and stubbornly kept faith with the bean bags, creating a mountain of them to lean against where I can.

It’s also alternately hot and cold, and the heaters are prone to cutting out the electrics. But this being Poetry Swindon it’s all part of the fun. We’ve blankets.)

Tangent aside, I warmed to the third person prompt of erotic fridge magnets. I have these at home.

Here it is:

(Title after Andrew McMillan. Mum avoid his work too)

Languid labia bush
Myself every breath
Come finger
Want flicker
Raw my drip

Languid labia
Come flicker bush myself
Finger every breath
Want raw my drip

Part my legs; make me rain.
Flicker your tongue in my bush.
My languid labia drips raw.

Carrie Etter ran a women’s erotic poetry workshop at Poetry Swindon Festival, 7 October 2016 at the Richard Jefferies Museum Tent-Palace of the Delicious Air.

Written by Louisa Davison.

2 Responses to “MUM STOP HERE”

  1. Rachael Clyne 11th Oct 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Utterly gorgeous Louisa!

    • Festival Chronicler 11th Oct 2016 at 2:47 pm #

      Awe thanks, Rachel.

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