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four poems, from Fingertips and Ammonite

Georgia Brisco

Four Poems from Fingertips and Ammonnite:

the city, the frogs, the worm and gyroscope

this city it fizzes and pops like the cool of my drink if you sit and listen very quietly here in this silent room

like a million tiny cities

liquid and rushing and effortlessly moving underneath my fingers under the aluminium cold and damp against my palm

a thousand pavements still and bright and simmering

breathless with stories

the city

he is on a desert island sanded and wind-duned

in the middle of an ocean wet with silence

loud with foam

and he dreams of a mother he never had

and a childhood memory

a film he shouldn’t have been allowed to watch

of croaking frogs in a bath no a puddle of blood

was that it?

he can’t remember

so he looks at the forward because the backwards churns too much

but the forward is filled with

sick like the type


that the frogs swam in drowned died in

was that it?

he can’t remember the frogs

the concrete is hot dry

the grit tart

against the soft belly flesh


the little girl’s toes pause

just in time

hand tugged sticky fingers

reach for the body

save it save it save it

put it back into the cool grass where its belly won’t burn and shoes aren’t as many

and dirt sweet cold warm dark dirt

is home

the worm


the planets

hair falls

upside down

past two ears pink seashells

consider the atoms too blood swirls to the cheeks consider your feet held tight to this round of rock and turn around and around until your stomach

is galaxies dizzy

and still

and still.


Georgia Brisco is a South African writer whose work explores identity, trauma and healing, the chosen family, and liminal spaces. She was once in a British TV series and a bad German movie before realising she wanted to write characters instead. Georgia received the UCT Short Fiction Prize and headed a literacy programme before writing for award-winning social campaigns, including Project 84, which drove policy around suicide prevention. She is currently finishing her MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and, when she isn't regretfully getting involved in a comments-section debate, working on her first novel. Her work has appeared in Non-Stalgia andSTAAR. Georgia believes joyful stories should exist for everyone. You can find her at or @georgiabrisco


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