Little Monuments

my brain is no longer full of pound coins
paperbacks with my name on    rainbow flags

tax bills    Instagram followers    my brain
is now Dad’s pierced left ear lobe that I touched

for first and last time in chapel of rest
to see this monument never noticed

before    to recall its exact thickness
precise pinkness    the depth of the puncture



James McDermott’s poetry collections include Manatomy (Burning Eye; longlisted for Polari’s First Book Prize 2021) and Wild Life (forthcoming from Nine Arches). Their pamphlets include Erased (Polari Press) and Green Apple Red (Broken Sleep Books). James’s poems have been published in various magazines including Poetry Wales, The North, Butcher’s Dog, Popshot Quarterly and Fourteen Poems.