I swallow the seams of the moon –

they have always riddled me,

if I lay on a stage of feathers

I would still feel the underneath

of dark atoms, afflictions

you pull from the bridge

only when god

has given you

to the water.


Louise Mather is a writer from Northern England and founding editor of Acropolis Journal. Nominated Best of the Net 2021, and a finalist in the Streetcake Poetry Prize, her work is published in various print and online literary journals. Her debut pamphlet The Dredging of Rituals is out with Alien Buddha Press, 2021. She writes about ancestry, rituals, endometriosis, fatigue and mental health. Twitter @lm2020uk