Poems: Charlie Baylis

a close up image of green acacia fronds

Autumn in Kyoto by Charlie Baylis: Fruit pastilles & houellebecq, huge acacias powdering out the sunset. Rejection: all the sad girls in kasumi pearls. Singer-Sargent & submarines, gashed lungs. South-rushing waterfalls, opium clouds rashed by lantern light. Beautiful, head west of Nebraska. Ophelia, face down in deep oceans of milk. In the rear-view mirror I glimpse her; loveless in Kyoto.

Osaka junk withdrawal: Undressing in the mirror I pause, remembering Rosemary; her body an electric butterfly, her fingerprints haunt my thigh. When I met her, no words. Water rises in what we call clouds; fragrant rain flapping over the cherry blossom. Alone & lonely, wrapped up in Osaka junk withdrawal; I don’t want love. Water lilies, flags of peace, slide left.

Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham, England. He is the Editor of Anthropocene. His poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize. His most recent publication is Swimming (the Red Ceiling Press). He spends his spare time completely adrift of reality.

Charlie is the Poetry Editor of Review 31 and the Assistant Editor of Broken Sleep Books.

Image by A. Davey

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