you are carnivorous in your longing

night leached

to dawnbreak our

 

morning fettered by forgetting my

body open as

a wound

 

we are villainesque unrefrained

and despite my sleight of

tongue you know

 

all of my swords

are metaphors

 

my fist at the hilt my

throat not temple but sacrifice for

no-one taught me

 

not to want

or how to bear

baring your

 

belly with grit teeth

knowing we devour

all that we love

 

Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane, Australia. Her first book, The Agonist, won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was published by University of Queensland Press in 2017. Shastra's work deals with the intersections of trauma, memory, and selfhood, with a particular focus on corporeality and embodiment.

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