Monday, 30 September 2013

Hollywood by JT Welsch

Our Hollywood baker returns to England,
a fall like his weaker contestants’ bread.
Every day, another headline to share
with comment: team him or team
poor wife whose pain we share
since her – our – betrayal.

No one sees his lonesomeness
in the return to mere couplehood—
to no longer sweep the room, hands on hips,
and know: but I am more than this!
—the errant heart still leaping
if she touches your phone.

It’s the thing no contestant
dares admit: love is risk.
May the game reveal my recipe to me
in every heightened peccadillo: So, you say,
muting the replay. That’s how I look not
bullshitting. You take notes.

JT Welsch is the author of three chapbooks, the most recent of which is 'Waterloo' (Like This Press, 2012). He is also a lecturer at York St John University.

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