Oystercatcher Press

 Michael Ayres:

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£5.00 A5 16pp. ISBN: 978-1-905885-33-6.



What is "burning"?


You closed yourself up in your body,

the flower of you skinned in a bud

so I was left only with a breath of perfume

and the night air, on which the perfume drifted.


Burning is the occult complicity

between the flame and the fuel:

so deep, that bond;

so strong, that secret.


I was left only with the scent of your skin.


Left, only with the night air.


I was left only with everything.