I'm a former Random House Commissioning Editor, published author, mainly children's books, and performance poet. I work extensively in Arts in Healthcare and have just completed a poetry project working with stroke survivors - How Are You Feeling? - creating poetry from their testimonies on what it's like to have/recover from a stroke. I have just been the short-listing judge for the Stroke Association's own poetry competition - Andrew Motion will be the final judge. And I'll be talking at the Stroke Association Annual Assembly at the NEC in Birmingham in July. I'm in the middle of negotiating a tenure as Writer in Residence across the East Sussex NHS Trust. I'm on the WI speaker circuit(!) and regularly go into both primary and secondary schools to provide author visits and poetry workshops.
Kissing your corpse If you died I would climb inside your grave And gouge my fingers into your fleshy face I would kiss your cold clammy skin And whisper sweet nothings into Your worm-ridden ears I would wipe the mud out of your Sightless eyes And squeeze your bloated torso I would breathe in your fetid stench And wrench clumps of matted hair From your desiccating scalp I would lie still And fill you with my life I would close my eyes And open my mouth as the clods Rained down on us I would give you my last breath My hand entwined with your Rictus fingers My skin fusing with yours As you rotted so would I Returning to an atomic state Released back into the atmosphere Whooshing round the stars Sparkling As the universe Embraced us And then Let us go c/r kate tym 2011 Salt Kiss I kissed you and you tasted salty I felt the powdery film of sweat Long dried I licked my lips As if sliding my Tongue across Your skin The hard work You do Distilled there It took me back To holidays and sun Patchy patterns Of the sea Dried onto your back Salt formations Crystalized Your body Cold from the sea But hot to my touch Wave rush Blue sky I remember my eyes screwed To look at you And the smell of the salt in the air I want to kiss you again You are Delicious c/r kate tym 2012
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