Question & Answer 3 – Emily Critchley

Question 3

I buckle – lack of a simple graph –
lack of stability – bad and – vertex’d
to myself – in the repetition
of balcony railings – bourgie aspirations
from Brexit – loving – parents – proving
their worth from the –lack of a simple –
class – or sos – SOS – save our son – never
mind this time – add two to the planned degree
to avoid – the marquee – are you ever
lost in thoughts of greater people – Emily –
or do you live adjacent to the loop – I buckle –
lack of basic – survival skills – born from born

– Aaron Kent

Answer 3

[Brexit elegy]

Lifelines in our hands
to grasp details of which
I am travelling past
snapshots of myself
travelling past
a simple graph
whatever sings
the difference. Planned
landslides are better
than. Listen
I could tell
you about
how to bite off
one’s thumb in spite,*
bitten, repeated, blood
cutting around
the finite
When we made up
this family
(out of scraps,
adjacent stories)
but when we have this
permanent rainbow –
smash the windows, let the rain off
this precious plane
the one over all Europe.
Its new goal
a stupid arrival.
Blood thumbs.

*And the continuance of their parents’ rage.

– Emily Critchley