film stars

we don’t go to parties
in dark sunglasses

we keep our mouths closed

we stand under neon lights with tall cocktails
clothed in navy blue

your arm is shadowy
under the peach tree

we could make it in los angeles

leave secret messages in the sand
for strangers to uncover

like the stub of a plane ticket
or an open window



Charlie Baylis is from Nottingham. He is the Editor of Anthropocene and the Chief Editorial Advisor to Broken Sleep Books. His most recent publication is Santa Lucía (Invisible Hand Press).